Countries make important commitment to solar alliance
Climate – Signature of the International Solar Alliance statutes – Communiqué issued by the Ministry of the Environment, Energy and Marine Affairs
Paris, 15 November 2016
Mme Ségolène Royal, Minister of the Environment, Energy and Marine Affairs, responsible for International Climate Relations, and Mr Anil Madhav Dave, Indian Minister of State of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, today signed the statutes of the International Solar Alliance, with 11 countries from every continent. On this occasion, the President of COP21 proposed drafting a new programme for small islands’ specific solar energy needs, to make them energy self-sufficient.
The International Solar Alliance is an initiative launched jointly by French President François Hollande and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 30 November 2015, at the opening of the Paris Climate Conference. Its aim: to scale up the deployment of solar energy and help bring down the cost of it in regions with a high amount of sunshine, situated between the two tropics, through better harmonization and aggregation of demand.
In Delhi on 5 October 2016, India and France proposed to the Alliance’s steering committee a draft of flexible, agile statutes, tailored to the objectives set. For Ségolène Royal, the signature of these statutes today with several countries of Africa, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific is “a major step forward in the implementation of the Paris Agreement, and it was very important for us that it took place in Marrakesh, the COP of action”.
The solar alliance addresses the needs of populations throughout the tropics, particularly those of the African countries. It is coordinated with the Africa Renewable Energy Initiative, which Ségolène Royal made one of her priorities as President of COP21: solar energy accounts for many of the 240 projects identified in her report on this initiative.
The President of COP21 also called on all countries situated between the two tropics to join the International Solar Alliance in order to contribute collectively to the development of solar energy./.