September 16, 2021
Decarbonizing the world energy system by mid-century to meet the 1.5° limit encouraged by the Paris Agreement requires comprehensive measures by all signatories to the Agreement. Engineers are key actors within this process, as they have the technical knowledge, skills, and expertise to plan and help implement an inclusive and sustainable pathway to decarbonization.
On September 16 an online event will be held to launch the Council of Engineers for the Energy Transition (CEET), a new independent advisory council of high-level body of engineers and energy system experts to advise the UN system on the energy transition. This body will thereby contribute to the UN Secretary General’s Coalition to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, and to the UN generally on engineering pathways to achieve comprehensive decarbonization by mid-century. In its advisory function, this Council will be tasked to publish reports and briefs on engineering solutions to decarbonization. The CEET will be co-chaired by the President of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), Prof. Jeffrey Sachs, and the Director-General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Mr. Li Yong. Enel Foundation will work closely with SDSN and UNIDO to support the ongoing operations of the CEET, under the guidance and leadership of the Co-Chairs.
The CEET will gather world-class engineers from diverse sectors (power, industry, transport, buildings, chemicals) and stakeholders from academia, business, international organizations and the private sector. It will ensure that the most experienced engineers are invited to join, meeting geographic and gender-balanced representation, in order to achieve an inclusive, transparent, and diverse array of voices, perspectives, and relevant expertise. The CEET will comprise 50 world-class engineers that reflect a balance of multi-stakeholder constituencies.
The CEET will meet three to four times per year, for example in the margins of the annual UNFCCC COP, at the UN General Assembly Opening Debate, alongside the UNFCCC Regional Climate Weeks, and during the Summer High-Level Political Forum.
The CEET will be officially formed in late-2021 and will focus on the following core activities:
- solving the challenges of scaling key technologies in support of the global energy transition;
- recommending guidelines to support Nationally Determined Contributions in line with the Paris Agreement;
- publishing technical briefs on zero-carbon technologies, including breakthroughs technologies;
- analyzing sectoral and integrated pathways at regional and local levels;
- providing guidance and technical advice from a globally diverse expert perspective, ensuring a gender responsive energy transition and decarbonization.
Our Managing Director Carlo Papa will participate in the Steering Committee, and attend the launch, discussing the opportunities that the Energy Transition offers to Achieve the Paris Agreement.
Join us for the launch of CEET at 18:15 - 19:30 CET, register here.