In a follow-up to my first video and article on Abu Dhabi Global Action Day, part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week and the World Future Energy Summit, here's another one. This video covers parts of two panels that included the following notable leaders:
* Hakima El Haite, Delegate Minister in Charge of Environment, Morocco
* Dr. Thani Al Zeyoudi, Director of Energy and Climate Change, UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and UAE Permanent Representative to IRENA
* Ronan Dantec, Senator for the Loire-Atlantique department in France and the environment spokesman for United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG)
* Michael Eckhart, Managing Director & Global Head of Environment Finance and Sustainability, Citigroup, New York, USA
* Felipe Calderon, Chairman, Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, Former President of Mexico
* Nur Bekri, Vice Chairman and Party Group Member of the National Development and Reform Commission: Administrator and Party Secretary of the National Energy Administration, China
* Eric Luo, Chief Executive Officer, Shunfeng
* Anthony Hobley, CEO Carbon Tracker Initiative
* Judith Karl, Executive Secretary, United Nations Capital Development Fund
Just highlighting some statements from the last panelist to talk, Michael Eckhart, I found it very interesting how he highlighted that decades of progress on the clean energy and overall cleantech front has been taking place without the international climate agreement reached in Paris. He noted that he sees the transition from fossil fuels and nuclear power to renewable energy as a 100-year transition, with us sitting right around the middle of that transition. Again, he highlighted that the first ~50 years took place without any international agreement, a rather important point to make to highlight the private market, university, and domestic policy contributions to the transition.
For much more, watch the entire video. A text summary can't do the panelists justice.