European Commission President says renewables growth “shouldn’t come at each other’s expense”

European Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen has made renewed calls for international cooperation and warned the growth in renewables to fight global climate change “shouldn’t come at each other’s expense”.

Speaking at the first session of the G7 Summit in Hiroshima, ‘Towards an International Community characterised by Cooperation, not Division and Confrontation / Global Economy, Digital, Trade’, she said, “We should always keep in mind the old saying: ‘if you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together’. This clean-tech race is an opportunity to go faster and further, together.”

She outlined four areas for fostering closer cooperation.

Firstly, jointly assess what is needed when it comes to global clean manufacturing capacity to reach ambitious climate targets. “We should even consider setting targets for the build up of such capacities,” she said.

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