From December 9 to 11 (local time), Chairman Liu Zhenya of Global Energy Interconnection Development and Cooperation Organization (GEIDCO) held talks with Petteri Taalas, Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Rola Dashti, Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) and Roberto García Merino, CEO of the Red Eléctrica Corporación during the 25th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP25) in Madrid, Spain. Liu Zhenya introduced the Global Energy Interconnecton (GEI) proposal and its recent progress, with important consensus reached on accelerating GEI development, combating climate change, promoting regional energy interconnection and driving the sustainable development of mankind.
According to Chairman Liu, GEI is an important platform for promoting large-scale development, allocation and consumption of clean energy worldwide. It will speed up clean replacement and electricity replacement, power connectivity, energy efficiency enhancement and other important mitigation actions. It provides a technically advanced, cost-effective, viable and scalable systematic solution to the implementation of the Paris Agreement and presents an important opportunity for countries across the globe to achieve more ambitious mitigation commitments. GEIDCO is ready to deepen pragmatic cooperation with all parties concerned and work in concert to transform GEI from a consensus into common actions and make greater contributions to global energy transition, climate governance and sustainable development.
Petteri Taalas remarked that with growing global energy demand, the world relies more heavily on clean alternatives, such as hydro, solar and wind energy. GEI plays a crucial role in re-adjusting energy structure and coping with climate change. The WMO is going to employ its own advantages, sharing its experts resources and information data with GEIDCO to ensure that climate and meteorological endeavors contribute more to the building of GEI and take concrete actions to implement the goals of the Paris Agreement.
Rola Dashti said that GEI is an ambitious initiative which is highly consistent with the ideas of clean development and inclusive growth endorsed by the ESCWA. Dashti expressed hopes to strengthen exchanges and cooperation with GEIDCO, follow the three-phase goal of domestic interconnection, intercontinental interconnection and global interconnection, and promote the construction plan and action roadmaps of GEI among the member states of the ESCWA in a bid to put GEI in place as soon as possible.
Roberto García Merino pointed out that the Red Eléctrica Corporación has always placed a premium on and supported cross-border and cross-regional power transmission. Building a global energy interconnection system and realizing the safe and efficient transmission of power will lay a solid foundation for the development of energy and power. Merino expressed hopes to make concerted efforts with GEIDCO to achieve the ambitious and profound goal of GEI and contribute to global sustainable development.
During the COP25, GEIDCO has held a thematic event on GEI, released the Report Series for Research and Outlook on Global and Six Continental Energy Interconnection (1+6), the Research Report on Global Electricity-Carbon Market, and the Research Report on Global Energy Interconnection for Addressing Climate Change jointly prepared by GEIDCO, the WMO and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), which extensively illustrate the substantial role of GEI in achieving the 1.5℃ target.