Ministers’ Quote

As a result of decades of bold energy policies, Brazil has managed, in 2019, to supply close to 50% of its total demand with clean energy, thanks to bioenergy, hydropower, wind, solar and nuclear energy. Yet, the Brazilian per capita energy consumption is around a third of that of OECD countries. Our social and economic development needs require us to significantly increase energy supply in the next decades, without losing sight of our clean energy goals.

H.E. Admiral Bento Albuquerque
Minister of State for Mines and Energy,
Brazil

Governments’ COVID-19 economic recovery plans have got
to equip workers and their communities with the skills and
supports they need to thrive through the energy
transformation taking place around the world.

Hon. Seamus O’Regan
Minister of Natural Resources,
Canada

The government of Chile is committed to a green and sustainable recovery. Hence, we will continue to promote clean energy generation to support the replacement of coal, and the development of the green hydrogen industry. We are hopeful that in the future, green energies will play an equivalent central role to what the copper industry is today for our society.

Hon. Juan Carlos Jobet
Minister of Energy,
Chile

This is the time to invest in our planet’s future and restart the global economy. Climate action is not only a moral imperative, but an economic opportunity: research shows that green recovery measures create more growth and jobs than traditional, less sustainable policies. This is why green transition, including a major focus on renewable energy, is at the heart of EU’s 750 billion recovery package.

H.E Kadri Simson
Commissioner for Energy,
European Commission

Deploying clean energy solutions now is very important to recover from economic crisis caused by the coronavirus. Finland’s target is climate neutrality by 2035 and we aim at leading development in areas such as sustainable battery manufacturing, flexible energy systems, hydrogen and power-to-X solutions.

H.E. Mika Lintilä
Minister of Economic Affairs,
Finland

With “Clean energy’s role in ensuring a sustainable recovery”, CEM11 is setting the right course in international energy cooperation. We now have the global opportunity and responsibility to harness the full potential of clean energy solutions for growth, jobs and climate protection in orderto meet the challenges posed by Covid-19. The development of a global market for climate-neutral hydrogen is an important new focus

H.E. Peter Altmaier
Federal Ministerfor Economic
Affairs and Energy,
Germany

The COVID-19 outbreak shall be our momentum to promote cleanerfossil fuel, renewable energy, and energy efficiency. Stronger cooperation among countries and international organizations plays an important role in expediting the clean energy transition globally. Together, we work to support the global economy’s recovery and shape our future energy.

H.E. Arifin Tasrif
Minister of Energy and
Mineral Resources,
Indonesia

The global challenges of COVID-19 and the deteriorating
climate are putting nations under significant economic
pressure. We can, and must, meet these problems head
on by taking opportunities that maximise our ability to
survive. The development of clean energy technologies
provides a golden opportunity to support economic
recovery and at the same time invest in a cleaner,
more sustainable future. New Zealand’s clean energy
policy goal is a net zero emissions economy by 2050.
To meet this challenge we intend lifting our renewable
electricity level from around 84% to 100% by 2035.
Such action will enable us to reduce emissions by
electrifying a considerable portion of our transport
and industrial process heat. At the same time we
intend developing our green hydrogen capability.
This will enable us to decarbonise areas difficult
to electrify, and also to export green fuel to our
Asia Pacific neighbours who do not have abundant
indigenous renewable energy resources.

Hon Dr. Megan Woods
Minister of Energy and Resources,
New Zealand

During the Covid-19 pandemia the
Renewable Energy Sources (RES)
showed an high resilience giving a
strong signal where to direct
national investments. The new
technologies and the decreasing
cost of the energy production pave
the way for a bright future for all
guaranteeing sustainable, accessible,
affordable and cleaner energy.

H.E. Stefano Patuanelli
Minister of Economic Development,
Italy

The transition towards a clean and resilient energy system has become important to overcome the economic slowdown caused by COVID-19. Korea will create new industries and quality jobs by implementing its Green New Deal which aims to expand renewable energy and eco-friendly mobility as well as enhance energy efficiency.

H.E. Yunmo Sung
Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy,
Republic of Korea

Russia has one of the most diversified energy balances
in the world. We have almost all types of energy production.
The share of gas is about 46%, nuclear energy represents
around 19%, while the shares of hydro and coal are
approximately 18%.

H.E. Alexander Novak
Minister of Energy,
Russian Federation

The Paris Agreement marked an undoubtable direction: achieving climate neutrality by 2050 at the latest. Reducing emissions is the pathway to do so according to the scientific consensus. In the wake of the COVID19 pandemic, let us seize the economic, social and environmental opportunities the green energy transition brings along.

H.E. Teresa Ribera Rodriguez
Minister of Ecological Transition,
Spain

2020 has presented enormous challenges, but it has also shown us opportunities. As we build back better, we have the opportunity to rethink our approach to energy and make power systems cleaner, smarter and more resilient. Expanding renewable technologies will be key to achieving net zero emissions by mid-century

Rt Hon. Kwasi Kwarteng
Minister of State for Business,
Energy and Clean Growth,
United Kingdom

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