IEA’S FATIH BIROL TO SPEAK AT CNA2020

portrait of Fatih Birol
IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol

Part of the stellar lineup at CNA2020 will be International Energy Agency (IEA) Executive Director Fatih Birol.

On Thursday, February 27, Birol will take the main stage at 09:00. That’s after federal Minister of Natural Resources Seamus O’Regan and before World Association of Nuclear Operations Chairman Tim Mitchell and Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission President Rumina Velshi.

Before becoming executive director in 2015, Birol served for nine years as the IEA’s chief economist and director of Global Energy Economics in Paris. He began his second four-year term as executive director in September 2019.

Under his leadership, the IEA embarked on its first comprehensive modernization program since its creation in 1974.

Last year, the IEA released its landmark fuel report Nuclear Power in a Clean Energy System during the Clean Energy Ministerial in Vancouver. The report is the IEA’s first to address nuclear power in nearly 20 years. According to the report, “With nuclear power facing an uncertain future in many countries, the world risks a steep decline in its use in advanced economies that could result in billions of tonnes of additional carbon emissions.”

Birol is also responsible for the IEA’s flagship report World Energy Outlook 2019. It is recognized as the most authoritative source for strategic analysis of global energy markets. “It explains the impact of today’s decisions on tomorrow’s energy systems, and describes a pathway that enables the world to meet climate, energy access and air quality goals while maintaining a strong focus on the reliability and affordability of energy for a growing global population.”

Don’t miss out on this presenter as he takes part in the CNA’s conference for a second year in a row. To register for CNA2020, please visit https://cna.ca/cna2020/registration/.

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