IRENA's Francesco La Camera and US Climate Envoy John Kerry Meet to Discuss Energy Transition

03 April 2021| Articles

Mr. Francesco La Camera, Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency met today with US Presidential Envoy for Climate Change John Kerry, at the headquarters of the Agency in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The meeting took place in the presence of the UAE's Special Envoy for Climate Change, Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber, Cabinet Member and Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology.

The principals met in the lead up to the first GCC and MENA Regional Dialogue for Climate Action hosted in the UAE. Mr. Kerry is in the UAE as part a wider tour that will include India, and Bangladesh following his appointment as Climate Envoy under the Joe Biden administration.

During the meeting, they discussed the central importance of renewable energy in addressing climate change and crucially the need for collective political will to drive the energy transition as urgency grows to align with 2050 carbon neutrality goals.

Highlighting the magnitude of the climate challenge, Mr. Kerry said time is running out to take corrective action and urged all actors and countries to come together to identify solutions. With global leaders counting down to the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in November, Mr. Kerry said it was critical that the Glasgow meeting outcomes were successful.

Mr. La Camera said the socioeconomic benefits of the energy transition make a strong case for countries to accelerate their renewables programmes. To that end, the Director-General noted the Agency’s recently released World Energy Transitions Outlook preview that offers global policy makers a clear 2050 energy pathway compliant with the 1.5 degree Paris Agreement goal.

Accelerating the energy transition requires enabling frameworks said the Director-General who outlined the Agency’s work across its global Membership to support the establishment of best practice policies, regulatory frameworks and enabling market designs.

Mr. Kerry and Mr. La Camera offered special remarks for the UAE’s role in convening important global dialogues and leading efforts to advance the climate agenda. The two will join regional ministers in fostering climate action during the Dialogue.