January 22nd, 2016

DG and World Economic Forum

These days in Swiss town Davos traditional World economic forum is held. It is unnofficial event but many most influential people in the world are trying to participate in it (I liked one observation about this forum: about 1700 personal planes are used for the arrival of about 2500 participants of forum :).  And for many of them participation in forum remains distant miracle.
I wrote in the past that some people has intrinsic abilities to attract attention. Dalia Grybauskaitė, the President of Lithuania, (nicknames: DG, Dalka, "Mushroom", etc:) ) is an example of such people. And even such global events as World economic forum  are the places were people with higher abilities of attraction attention are able to show them. 10-12 years ago another Lithuanian ppresident wasn't able to get even invitation to this forum while DG last year was one of the 5 main panelists in the forum (still I can't understand how she was able to get such position). This year again DG is seen on Davos forum site (of course she again participating in forum). Such abilities to attract attention and to be in general trend of world's economic and environemental discourse is a great thing for this country ...:



In the Baltic Sea region, in a very short period we have shifted from almost complete dependency on fossil fuels and single suppliers to the position where we can choose the source, supplier or even opt to produce energy instead of only consuming it.

Lithuania has reached a stage where energy production from renewables accounts for more than half of the whole electricity and heat production. In 2016 we will double the installed capacity of wind energy and expand our biomass exchange. Electricity interconnections that we built with Poland and Sweden will solve the problem of reliability – so crucial for energy production from renewables.
However, these achievements are not a miracle: they were a low-hanging fruit from a tree that we had successfully planted. We cannot build our future on the centralized provision of fossil fuels (even if they are cheap). Nor can we trust energy that is intermittent and survives only through subsidies. Therefore we will support innovations that will enable considerable energy savings and entrench the consumption of clean energy.
At the final stage, fossil fuels must be replaced, emissions downsized, the consumer satisfied and climate change prevented. Downsizing the costs of clean energy is the first task if governments, business people and scientists want this dream to come true.