UK to convene international energy security summit focussed on ‘getting to net zero’

Grant Shapps has introduced that the federal government will search to convene a serious worldwide summit on power safety which can embody discussions about the necessity to “diversify from fossil fuels”.

Chatting with Politico, the power safety and internet zero secretary stated the London convention, set for Spring 2024, would coincide with the second anniversary of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine and supply a chance to debate “malicious” actions by international locations which threaten power safety. 

Mr Shapps additionally stated that there may be no world safety until the world hits its local weather targets, insisting: “There’s no world safety if thousands and thousands of individuals are having to uproot due to climate patterns”.

Requested by Politico whether or not China can be invited, Mr Shapps was notably coy. He replied: “I would like the power safety convention to be inclusive in nature. We haven’t acquired to the element of invites at this stage.”


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He added that main Center Japanese fossil gas producing international locations like Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the UAE ought to positively be “within the room”, in addition to power firms “of all differing types”.

Mr Shapps, who final month insisted to the Monetary Instances that the federal government should “max out” North Sea oil and fuel reserves, appeared to melt his rhetoric . 

He stated “a part of the reply” to securing power provide lay in “the necessity to diversify from fossil fuels” and that “larger variety might really give us a lot larger safety”, he added. 

“Think about if the U.Okay. hadn’t moved from lower than 7 % renewables to — as we see within the first quarter of 2023 — 47 % renewables. Think about that hadn’t occurred and we went into the power shock. What would the influence have been?

“[The energy security summit] shall be about attending to internet zero, finally. From an power safety viewpoint, it’s vital that we do each.”

The convention, targeted on “rewiring power safety”, would take a look at a spread of potential threats, together with from international locations like Russia in addition to pure disasters and opposed climate situations affecting wind or photo voltaic manufacturing.

Mr Shapps instructed Politico: “You might have a really, very nonetheless winter. You might have inadequate sunshine to drive regular numbers on renewables”.

“There might be all types of various causes [for disruption], which is why a worldwide power combine has by no means been so vital. [It’s] by no means been extra vital to not be reliant on single sources”, he added.