COALITION OF LEADERS OF THE GLOBAL PUBLIC AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR BEGIN RELEASING BARRIERS TO ENERGY TRANSITIONS ONLY

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Inaugural meeting co-chaired by Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre and the Chairman of the Rockefeller Foundation, Rajiv J. Shahat the UN General Assembly in NYC.

NEW YORK, September 21, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet (GEAPP) today at the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York City. Co-chaired by Jonas Gahr Støre, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Norwayand dr. Rajiv J. ShahPresident of The Rockefeller Foundation, this diverse and growing coalition of global leaders was formed to tackle the most challenging barriers to scaling only energy transitions globally and keep global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Image: Inaugural meeting of the Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet’s Global Leadership Council. (Photo courtesy of The Rockefeller Foundation)

Global Leadership Council:

  1. Jonas Gahr Store, Prime Minister, Kingdom of Norway (co-chair)

  2. Rajiv J. Shahchairman, the Rockefeller Foundation (co-chair)

  3. Achim SteinerAdministrator, United Nations Development Program

  4. Ajay MathurDirector General, International Solar Alliance

  5. Akinwumi AdesinaPresident, African Development Bank Group

  6. Andrew SteerCEO, Bezos Earth Fund

  7. Anne FinucaneChairman of the Board of Directors, Bank of America Europe

  8. Børge Brende, Chairman, World Economic Forum

  9. Damilola OgunbiyicCEO and Special Representative to the UN Secretary General for Sustainable Energy for All

  10. David Malpasschairman, World Bank Group

  11. Fatih BirolExecutive Director, International Energy Agency

  12. Francesco La CameraDirector General, International Agency for Renewable Energy

  13. Jonathan BermanChair, DRE Ventures

  14. Jules Kortenhorst, CEO, RMI

  15. Kelly Sims Gallagherdean Energy and Environmental Policy, Tufts University

  16. Mark CarratoCoordinator for Power Africa, US Agency for International Development

  17. Mauricio Claver-Carone, President, Inter-American Development Bank

  18. Nick O’DonohoeCEO, British International Investment

  19. Patricia Espinosaformer Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (2016-2022)

  20. Per HeggenesDIRECTOR, IKEA Foundation

  21. Rania Al-MashatMinister of International Cooperation, Arab Republic Egypt

  22. Ravi VenkatesanChairman of the Board, Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet

  23. Roberto CingolanicMinister for Ecological Transition, Republic Italy

  24. Vera SongweCo-Chair, UN High Level Climate Panel

  25. Werner HoyerPresident, European Investment Bank

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Prime Minister Storere opened the meeting, which was held on Rockefeller Universitystating:

“Global crises are slowing progress towards universal energy access and clean energy transitions. As we move towards COP27, the world looks very different from a year ago. into the war Ukraine, global energy shortages and record temperatures have exacerbated the situation. This is the defining challenge of our time. It’s more important than ever that we accelerate the pace of change and commit to greater collaboration so that we can achieve the change people so desperately need.”

While developing countries are currently responsible for only 25% of global CO2 emissions, their share of global emissions could grow to 75% by 2050, according to an analysis published by the Alliance. These countries currently receive only a fraction of clean energy funding, despite representing nearly half of the world’s population. The meeting provided a critical and impartial platform to begin developing solutions, including cutting the cost of clean energy technologies, delivering Locally Owned Just Energy Transition Partnerships (JET-Ps), and building carbon credits for decommissioning. of coal.

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dr. Shah stated:

“The Global Energy Alliance’s mission – and opportunity – is to scale up innovative green technologies to resume progress lost by Covid-19 and halt the rapid advancing of climate change. The Global Leadership Council has the knowledge and the networks to address the most challenging barriers to unlock opportunities with energy transitions and keep global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius.”

Over the coming year, the Global Leadership Council will strengthen and help accelerate GEAPP’s clean energy solutions in its country programs. Africa, Asiaand Latin America and the Caribbean. With support from founding philanthropic partners, Bezos Earth Fund, IKEA Foundation and The Rockefeller Foundation, along with 11 multilateral and development finance institutions, local energy and technology providers and governments, GEAPP will work to operationalize the recommendations of the Global Leadership Council.

Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet CEO Simon Harford stated:

“With 3.6 billion people living in some form of energy poverty, 760 million of whom have no access to electricity at all, an energy transition is being achieved with more equitable access to clean energy for countries around the world.” Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean has never been more important. With the extraordinary experience and dedication of the Global Leadership Council members, we will strive to increase the pace and scale of delivering clean, reliable energy to those who lack it, while reducing emissions, improve livelihoods, and advancing women’s empowerment worldwide.”

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About the Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet

The Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet (GEAPP) is an alliance of local entrepreneurs, governments in emerging and developed economies, and technology, policy and financing partners. Our common mission is to support developing countries’ shift to a clean energy and growth model that guarantees universal access to energy and unlocks a new era of inclusive economic growth, while empowering the global community to meet critical climate goals over the next decade. to fetch. In doing so, as an alliance, we aim to create 150 million new jobs, reduce 4 gigatons of future carbon emissions and extend access to clean energy to a billion people. With philanthropic partners, Bezos Earth Fund, IKEA Foundation and The Rockefeller Foundation, GEAPP works to create a favorable environment, capacity and market conditions for private sector solutions, catalyze new business models through innovation and entrepreneurship, and deploy of high-risk capital to encourage private sector solutions and support just transition solutions. For more information, visit www.energyalliance.org and follow us on Twitter at: @EnergyAlliance.

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