With the support of ITAIPU Binacional, Foz do Iguaçu will host critical events for the future of clean energy on the planet in 2024. The city will host the G20 energy ministerial meetings, the 15th edition of the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM), and the 9th edition of Mission Innovation (MI). In these meetings, which will take place simultaneously in the last week of September next year, governments from around the world will assess progress and establish goals and commitments for the decarbonization of energy generation.
As the future host of the event, ITAIPU Binacional participated in the ministerial meetings in Goa, India, to understand the dynamics of the events, the profile of authorities and the public, logistical needs, and technical specifications for hosting the events in Foz do Iguaçu. It was also an opportunity to establish direct contact with the secretariats of CEM and MI and create an initial schedule of meetings and actions that will begin this August to prepare for the 2024 events.
According to the Chief of ITAIPU Binacional’s Brasília office, Lígia Leite, Brazil is a reference in energy transition, and Itaipu demonstrates, with concrete results from years of work, how to generate clean and renewable energy while promoting social and environmental development. “We are honored by Minister Alexandre Silveira’s invitation to support and host CEM, MI, and the G20 ministerial meetings in Foz do Iguaçu in 2024. Participating in these ministerial meetings in Goa, India, was crucial to understanding the dynamics of the meetings, collaborating with our Indian colleagues to share lessons learned, and getting to know the delegations, who are excited about the announcement that the event will be held in Foz do Iguaçu next year,” Leite said.
In her view, Itaipu is ready to take on this challenge and, together with the Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MRE), make the ministerial meetings in Foz do Iguaçu a milestone in the history of the power plant and the electrical sector, contributing to strengthening Brazil’s image as a leading country in sustainable energy production. “We know about our capacity for innovation and are an example of international cooperation that deserves to be shared with the world. We are confident that, in partnership with the Federal Government, we will host a very successful event in 2024!” said the Chief of ITAIPU Binacional’s office.
During the meeting in India, Brazil’s Minister of Mines and Energy, Alexandre Silveira, reaffirmed Brazil’s commitment to taking concrete actions to promote energy transition, highlighting the strong participation of renewable sources in the national electrical matrix, accounting for about 90%. “I bring a clear message from President Lula. Brazil is a peaceful, democratic country that values dialogue and cooperation. We are a reference in clean and renewable energy, but we are not complacent. We have strengthened public policies to advance in the energy transition with a focus on the social aspects of this process,” emphasized the minister, inviting the international community to the G20, CEM, and MI ministerial meetings in Foz do Iguaçu.
About the Meeting in Foz do Iguaçu
The meetings will take place in the context of Brazil’s presidency of the G20 in 2024, a year that will host several international events in the country, including the bloc’s summit. Regarding this, Silveira also emphasized that the discussions on clean energy in Foz do Iguaçu will be connected to negotiations on climate agreements to be held as part of the World Climate Conference, COP 30, scheduled for Belém in 2025.
In addition to ministerial participation, these high-level events are expected to include representatives from international organizations leading the global energy transition, such as IRENA (International Renewable Energy Agency), IEA (International Energy Agency), GRA (Global Renewable Alliance), among others. There is also strong participation from companies, educational and research institutions, and other organizations related to clean energy in parallel events to the ministerial agenda.
According to Eleanor Webster, from the Mission Innovation secretariat, the meetings in Foz do Iguaçu will take place at a critical time as the world approaches the halfway mark of the deadline for implementing concrete actions for decarbonizing the economy by 2030. Therefore, the debates are expected to attract significant international attention, as countries will need to demonstrate results and establish new commitments for the second half of this decade. “Itaipu’s support will be decisive for the success of these events,” she stressed.