Making international decisions about energy transition, regulation, and the development of uniform standards to meet global environmental challenges
The Paris Agreement is a very important one, and only international cooperation can help us solve this international challenge. <...> But when we talk about regulation, aside from talking about bans, we need to talk about incentives, we need to talk about the financial aspects, about investments in climate protection. We also need to talk about support for R&D and support for education on these issues — Jacques Ducrest, Delegate of the Federal Council for the 2030 Agenda, Federal Chancellery of Swiss Confederation.
The European Union, the U.S. and China are enough for the world to decide on a radical change in all economic policies in terms of the energy transition. The scale of this transformation, in my view, is comparable with the Soviet industrialization or with the Industrial Revolution in Britain in the 18th century. Nothing like this has happened in the world in the last hundred years — Anatoliy Chubais, Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation for Relations with International Organisations to Achieve Sustainable Development Goals.
Russia is at the center of our strategies. Gas is a natural energy resource, but it is also a great option for the energy transition, because gas also allows us to generate electricity with much less CO2 emissions. <...> Gas makes this energy transition possible. We must not forget that the energy transition, sustainability, is not only about the planet and ecology, it is about all the men and women who live on the planet. And our challenge is to make this revolution, to make this transition fair, so that the interests of all men and women in every country, including developing countries, are taken into account — Patrick Pouyanne, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, TotalEnergies.
Our financial system should be reoriented towards everything green. Investing in green means financing green, but in order to do this, we need systemic instruments: we need green bonds, we need green certificates. We need a taxonomy of this greenness, which among other things is expressed in standards. And this ESG standard, which the Central Bank of the Russian Federation together with the Ministry of Economic Development and VEB Development Bank are implementing now is very important — Igor Yurgens, President, All-Russian Insurance Association .
It is impossible to do one global thing from different starting positions in a time of sanctions. I think it is very important to pay attention to this, because global challenges should bring countries together, but not divide them – as long as decarbonization is not a game. I think this is not a game, and we are getting there — Dmitry Kobylkin, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation (2018-2020).