International Energy Advisory Council

What They Say

Wednesday 7 January 2015

Commendations from all over the world

“It is really good to know that a group of well-known experts have launched the International Energy Advisory Council (IEAC). As brought out in the Fifth Assessment Report of the IPCC, clearly some major changes would be required in the mix of energy sources and the consumption of energy if the world is to limit temperature increase by the end of the century to 2°C.
I am sure, with the expertise that the IEAC has, they would be able to assist entities all over the world in bringing about a move towards sustainable energy supply and consumption.”

Dr. R K Pachauri
Director-General, TERI, India
[Chairman, International Panel on Climate Change, IPCC]

“What is at stake is to stop global warming by clean and safe energy services. What is at stake is to get control of energy production and supply back into the hands of local communities. What is at stake is to do away with large and unsafe energy infrastructures, which can hardly survive without polarizing local communities. Freedom and democracy begin where the communities are united with their basic needs covered, be they food, shelter, water and energy services.
Now is the time to realize the energy transition as ‘the World’s largest private bank predicts large-scale power stations will soon make way for electric cars and new solar technologies’.
Nowhere should such transition take place quicker than in cities. And urban dwellers must not thrive at the sacrifice of remote communities which are sadly divided. Hence my most sincere applause towards your visionary enterprise.”

Mutsuyoshi Nishimura
Former ambassador to the UN Climate Change Negotiations (UNFCCC)

“What a potentially incredibly important venture. I really do wish ‘God speed’ to these intrepid souls, preparing to challenge head first the energy establishment of the past 140 years. To succeed, they will all require continuous courage, perspicacity and above all integrity.”

Andrew Warren
Hon President, Association for the Conservation of Energy (ACE)
United Kingdom

"I would like to extend my heartfelt congratulations on the launch of the International Energy Advisory Council (IEAC) with a view to offering advice on energy issues faced by the wider world. It is very meaningful that the IEAC embodies the collective commitment of world-renowned energy experts to tackle climate change and achieve sustainable development by dealing with a variety of important issues including energy efficiency and distributed power generation. I look forward to the huge contributions that the IEAC will make in the years to come." (download the letter)

Won-soon Park
Mayor of Seoul
Republic of Korea

“IEAC can make important contributions ’on how the incumbent centralized fossil fuel and nuclear energy system can be replaced by a combination of greatly improved energy efficiency and decentralized energy…’ I strongly support this effort although in presently existing large cities it will not be easy.
What I have been arguing for a long time is that they can avoid to a large extent the fossil fuel and nuclear energy system adopted by many industrialized countries and embark early in their development process in a route that prioritizes energy efficiency and decentralized energy.
Energy efficiency is very important in all cases.”

Prof. José Goldemberg
University of São Paulo
Former Minister of Science and Technology

“I write to congratulate you on the launch of the International Energy Advisory Council. (…) Climate change is the most pressing issue of our times. Without immediate action to cut greenhouse gas emissions and invest in climate change adaptation, the ecological, social and economic systems that support human civilisation are at risk of collapse. The transformation of our energy systems is central to this challenge. (...)
The members of the International Energy Advisory Council are extraordinarily well-credentialed. By assembling such expertise, I am confident the International Energy Advisory Council will play a valuable role in the global movement away from centralised, fossil fuel industries to the decentralised energy systems of the future.
I wish you and the International Energy Advisory Council every success.”
(download the letter)

Clover Moore
The Lord Mayor of Sydney

"Here is an eminent group of experts that can show every country how to phase out nuclear and fossil energy, and shift to safe and clean, renewable energy in a smart grid and a smart market design."

R. Andreas Kraemer
Founder & Director Emeritus, Ecologic Institute

“Without immediate, aggressive and meaningful actions, the environmental, social and economic systems that we all depend on will suffer unrecoverable damage. Our energy systems are key strategic elements that must be transformed before we can successfully address climate change. The Energy Coalition joins you in your efforts to design and implement the sustainable energy solutions for our energy systems that are so urgently necessary.
I’m supremely confident that the IEAC will play a central role in the analysis, recommendations and policy advocacy that will move the global community toward not only a recognition of the climate change crisis we face, but a commitment to implementation of comprehensive solutions before it is too late.”

Craig Perkins
President and Executive Director, The Energy Coalition
United States

“The German poet Friedrich Hölderlin said: ‘Where danger is - deliverance also grows.’ We are surrounded by dangers. And, at the same time, we are surrounded by new options and opportunities. One of these dangers is, without any doubt, global climate change. It is our century’s main challenge. Our response to the challenges of climate change is, in a single word, ‘energy transition’ (Energiewende). Energy transition means: We will transform our entire energy supply! We will modify our industrial and economic structures accordingly! We will change mobility and consumption! Not a single area of social life will be unaffected by the energy transition. Nobody is able to bring about this energy transition alone. We can accomplish this only together: Municipalities, cities and states, policy-makers, the industry and society. The International Energy Advisory Council (IEAC) will be part of this worldwide alliance for a sucessfull energy transition!”

Johannes Remmel
Minister for Climate Protection, Environment, Agriculture, Conservation and Consumer Protection of the State of North-Rhine Westphalia

As we transition to 100% renewable energy, practical plans for how to do this are critical, and it’s great to see IEAC offering their expertise to help.

Angelina Galiteva and Diane Moss
Founders of the Renewables 100 Policy Institute

„Energy is both the key to sustainable development and one of greatest challenges we are facing today: how to bring sustainable energy to 7 billion people that supports development of economies and societies without compromising the living conditions for future generations? With more than half the world´s population living in cities this is where solutions for a global energy transition must be developed by implementation of decentralized, flexible production-consumption structures and business models for on-site consumption. The societal momentum gained by the emergence of energy cooperatives and the like must be carried on for the building of liveable, resource efficient and climate smart human settlements. This expert council of widely acknowledged practitioners will be an important institution fostering knowledge across borders as well as institutional and disciplinary boundaries."

Prof. Klaus Töpfer
Executive Director, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), Potsdam, Germany
Former Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Nairobi, and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations (1998-2006)

“We are overusing our natural resources. Today’s privileged people have far too large ‘ecological footprints’. If seven billion people had such large footprints, we would need five planets Earth. This leaves us with three options: Either reduce human population to ca 1.5 billion; or reduce consumptive wellbeing of the rich by a factor of five and stop the others from growing; or increase resource productivity five-fold. Clearly only the latter is a desirable option. Fortunately it is also doable. The IEAC helps showing how that works.”

Dr. Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker
Co-President of the Club of Rome

“We are not in a state of crisis, we are undergoing profound changes: one of these phases in the history of humanity when revolutions in energy, mobility and communication combine with the emergence of a new vision of the relations between human beings, of a new organization of co-habitation. These periods are amongst the most suitable for technological, social and societal innovations. Gathering in one team experts that count amongst the best on the planet is providing the best chances to lead to the breakthrough of this transversal, transdisciplinary vision that will allow us to meet the challenges of the 21st Century.”

Denis Baupin
Vice-President of the National Assembly

“To achieve the transformation that we need in the world’s energy systems to a less carbon intensive future will take not only finance, but also political leadership to drive forward the consumer driven markets of the future. Central to this will also be the examples and expertise – and this is the unique role that that the INTERNATIONAL ENERGY ADVISORY COUNCIL can play. The experience it has at its fingertips will make the transition both quicker and more viable, and all of us involved wish the IEAC well in its vital work”.

David Green OBE. FRSA. FiE. FAiE.
Executive Director, all‐party Parliamentary Renewable and Sustainable Energy Group (PRASEG)
United Kingdom

“The technological innovations and applications used for the creation of the energy systems in the 20thcentury have fulfilled their objectives; however, are insufficient to respond to the 21st century all-encompassing sustainability challenges that require a fundamentally new approach to simultaneously address: energy services needs for economic growth, poverty alleviation, affordable energy, safety, security, improved health and biodiversity protection, climate change mitigation and much more, including lasting peace for all. Focus on energy end use efficiency and renewable source of energy must be seen as instruments of sustainable development. The contributions of IEAC on these areas will be of utmost importance.”

Thomas Johansson
Professor em, International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics, Lund University, Sweden
Co-Chair, Global Energy Assessment, IIASA, Austria

"Full and abundant renewable energy supply is a basic human right, essential for security, prosperity, equity development, health and hope. Resource efficiency and regeneration are critical to this. New business models, financial frameworks and public policies drive change much faster than many still realize: coordinated planning and management efforts, civic and corporate leadership and bold organizational innovations are the keys in unlocking the gates to energy freedom. The International Energy Advisory Council shares these ideals. I commend it as a promising initiative bringing together international energy experts to help governments and other organizations to realize energy self sufficiency without fossil or nuclear fuels."

Prof. Peter Droege
President, EUROSOLAR
General Chairman, World Council for Renewable Energy

"The IPCC highlighted in its 5th Assessment Report the increasing relevance of cities and human settlements for climate change mitigation. In fact, we are entering a window of opportunity in which rapidly urbanizing Asia and Africa could transition to low-carbon and energy efficient cities. And city networks constitute one of the most promising avenues for action, as similar types of cities can learn from each other. Hence, the IEAC could not be better positioned to make best use of this opportunity."

Prof. Ottmar Edenhofer
Co-Chair Working Group III, International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

"Climate change, mainly caused by emissions from our fossil energy system, undermines the basis of life for a growing part of the world population. Therefore there is an urgent need to develop a sustainable energy system based on a significant increase of efficiency and, in parallel, a continuously increasing share of renewable energy towards a 100% renewable energy supply. Cities, regions and nations need the courage to set a sustainable energy system target, elaborate a roadmap, and start the transformation of their energy systems. The experts of IEAC can be very supportive in developing and establishing such transformation paths."

Prof. Eicke R. Weber
Director, Fraunhofer-Institut für Solare Energiesysteme (ISE)