We need to adopt global energy policies focused on sustainability in order to slow the earth’s warming, asserted Deputy Foreign Minister Lapo Pistelli speaking at the “Climate and Energy” conference at the foreign ministry in Rome, where three reports by the International Energy Agency (IEA) – on climate change, renewable energy and gas – were presented.
Pistelli: Milan EXPO could be "a generator of future good practices”
“The planet is warming at a faster rate than predicted and policies have to match that rate”, Pistelli said, underscoring that international forums would have to focus on drafting common strategies ahead of the 2015 Paris climate summit, which is expected to result in an ambitious accord on counteracting global warming. Our country has two important events coming up: an Italo-African energy conference in 2014, and the 2015 Milan EXPO with its theme “Nourish life. Energy for the planet”, which could become “a generator of future good practices”, Pistelli said.
"Common policies" needed for the "rational, efficient and sustainable use of energy”
“Common policies” are needed for the "rational, efficient and sustainable use of energy”, underscored Foreign Ministry Secretary General Michele Valensise, adding that “the physical inter-dependence of energy grids (such as the TAP) will have to lead to global energy governance”.
IEA: four interventions to keep global warming to 2 degrees
The data on global warming are alarming: average temperatures threaten to rise by 4.5 degrees over the long term. In its report, the IEA suggests 4 interventions aimed at keeping that increase under 2 degrees: adopting specific energy efficiency measures, restricting the use of coal plants, reducing methane emissions and eliminating fossil fuel subsidies. These are suggestions, underscored IEA executive director Maria Van der Hoeven, that governments “can and must consider”, because they could lead to a significant reduction in emissions by 2020 without compromising economic growth.
Italy is highly skilled in advanced technological solutions
Switching to green energy “could create new jobs” in Europe and in Italy, Minister for the Environment Andrea Orlando pointed out; and Italy, according to Director General Corrado Clini, is highly skilled in advanced technological solutions at global level that could be useful also to developing countries.