On 2 December, President Edgars Rinkēvičs participated in a discussion of world leaders on the energy transition. The discussion took place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on the margins of the 28th session of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP28).
President Rinkēvičs stressed the importance of the use of alternative energy sources in strengthening national energy security. ‘The energy transition is important for the climate, it is important for stabilising the price of energy, and it is important for reducing the impact of the conflict and hostilities in Ukraine on energy security,’ said E. Rinkēvičs during the discussion.
President Rinkēvičs noted Latvia’s goal to produce enough renewable energy by 2030 to exceed the amount needed for consumption. ‘In a short period of time Latvia has made significant progress by completely moving away from Russian natural gas with the start of full-scale Russian hostilities in Ukraine. This demonstrates Latvia’s ability to successfully develop clean domestic energy sources by 2030,’ explained E. Rinkēvičs.
At the same time, the President of Latvia stressed that the transition to renewable energy sources must be one that everyone can implement and realize, regardless of the level of development of countries or social groups.