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Estonian environment minister: Renewable energy is part of security package

Estonian news, International News - Tuul May 6, 2014

BNS, 06.05.2014

Estonian Environment Minister Keit Pentus-Rosimannus, who took part in a high-level climate meeting headed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in Abu Dhabi, said that renewable energy is part of a security package.

“Reducing dependence on polluting and fossil energy is not only the biggest environmental and economic issue of this century, but it also has to be done for reasons related to security. A bigger share of renewable energy would give necessary freedom to countries which could become easily manipulated at critical moments due to external energy dependence,” Pentus-Rosimannus said after the meeting.

She added that, for instance, European Union member states at present pay more than 400 billion euros a year for fossil energy sources that come from outside the EU. “The European Union every year sends an insane amount of money to those [countries] whose actions it then condemns around a table. That kind of situation is nonsense,” the minister said.

“It is important for us that the Paris agreement that is to be signed at the end of 2015 would be binding and that all big countries would also take part in it. It is important that the UN Secretary General has decided to lead the topic of climate change and reducing emission of greenhouse gases himself and has given a clear signal to heads of states that he is expecting a substantial and ambitious contribution from them in September in New York,” Pentus-Rosimannus said.

In addition to Ban Ki-moon, ministers and heads of international organizations, the meeting was attended by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair and economist Jeffrey Sachs. They all stressed the need to reach a global climate agreement during the 2015 UN Climate Conference taking place in Paris.

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