“International Energy” launches a committee to address the repercussions of switching to renewable energy


London – Reuters
The International Energy Agency announced, Tuesday, the inauguration of a global committee to address the impact of the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy on employment and society.
The committee, chaired by Denmark, will include energy ministers from Canada, Norway, Mexico and the Sultanate of Oman. It will also be joined by US energy officials as Washington changes course under President Joe Biden, who has pledged to tackle climate change.
“We believe that the true success of this transformation depends critically on whether or not citizens will take advantage of the opportunities, as well as on how we deal with what we face during the clean energy transition,” said Fatih Birol, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency.
“Employment will change, and some sectors will gain dramatically, while others will inevitably decline,” he added. Governments will need to prepare proactively to change and protect those affected. ” Birol said he is optimistic that the new US administration will join other major economies in pledging to reduce net emissions to zero by mid-century.
The Paris-based agency said this month that global emissions, which have fallen sharply in 2020 due to the coronavirus crisis, will rise in 2021 unless governments take action.
Britain is hosting a summit in Glasgow in November, which aims to set global targets to tackle climate change.


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