Solar's role in decarbonising the electricity sector

11 May 2010

IEA Executive Director Nobuo Tanaka gave a keynote address during the opening session the Mediterranean Solar Plan, organised under the Spanish Presidency of the EU and led by Pedro Marin Uribe, Spanish State Secretary for Energy. Delegations from Algeria, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Morocco, Mauritania, Portugal and Tunisia attended.

Mr. Tanaka’s speech outlined the need for an energy technology revolution in securing a sustainable energy future and discussed the role of solar in decarbonising the electricity sector. The presentation also launched IEA technology roadmaps on solar photovoltaics (PV) and concentrated solar power (CSP).

The Mediterranean Solar Plan was launched in July 2008 and its main objectives is to develop 20 gigawatts of renewable electricity capacity on the southern shore of the Mediterranean, as well as the necessary infrastructures for electricity interconnection with Europe.