Value of stakeholder exchange underlined at RGI-RTE dinner during COP

At the occasion of COP21, RGI invited experts from the renewables, grid and environmental protection sphere to discuss the grid needed for the energy transition and the fight against climate change at a dinner hosted by the French grid operator RTE. After a welcome from new RTE CEO François Brottes, Adnan Amin, Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) opened the discussion sharing his impressions on how the fast growth of IRENA reflects the success of renewables around the globe.

The following conversations spanned a wide range of topics from global issues related to the further increase of renewables, to practical matters of building infrastructure systems that are able to deal with the different technological requirements of renewables, and the very local challenges in building needed infrastructure while respecting the necessities of local communities and nature. The need to engage and seek the exchange amongst different stakeholders in pursuit of joint solutions was re-emphasised throughout the evening. The dinner itself was a contribution to this type of engagement and saw high level participation from the European Commission, the French Energy Ministry and French Energy Regulator (CRE), the Assemblée Permanente des Chambres d'Agriculture (APCA), the École Nationale Supérieure des paysages (ENSP), 50Hertz, RTE, Statnett, ENTSO-E, the Décider Ensemble think-tank, and NGOs such as Greenpeace, WWF and Germanwatch.


Antina Sander
Deputy CEO

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