Foreign trade – New coordinator for renewable energy exports (4 November 2019)

Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, has appointed Jean-Louis Bal as Coordinator for Renewable Energy Exports.

The appointment of the new coordinator is in line with the government’s strategy to support foreign trade presented in February 2018 by the prime minister and is consistent with the deployment in all regions of the “Team France Export” which brings together all public stakeholders supporting French companies. The coordinator, in close collaboration with the “New Energy Systems” Industry Strategic Committee (CSF), is responsible for supporting the renewable energy sector in priority geographic regions by promoting French expertise and its role in innovative sectors, in conjunction with our climate diplomacy initiatives, especially those involving the private sector such as the International Solar Alliance. He will also work to improve the sector’s structure in order to encourage SME’s and start-ups to become part of a collective approach.

The renewable energy sector is experiencing sustained growth at the global level, driven by lower technology costs and the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. While 180 gigawatts of renewable energy capacity were installed globally in 2018, the International Energy Agency believes that renewable energy will meet 30% of global electricity demand in 2023 and 40% in 2040. These forecasts represent considerable economic challenges for French companies in this sector, as well as with respect to promoting their expertise.

Jean-Louis Bal has been the chairman of the Renewable Energy Trade Union since March 2011 and was re-elected chairman in October. Prior to that, he held various positions within the Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME).