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Chair Announcement: Rebecca Collyer

We are very pleased to announce the new leadership team of the LEDS GP Steering Committee for the next 2-years. Our Steering Committee chairs are:

Philanthropic Community, International Institution and Developed Country Chair:
Rebecca Collyer, Director for International Clean Energy at the Europe Climate Foundation 

Private Sector Chair:
Alexia Kelly, Director for Sustainability Solutions at Engie Impact  

Developing Country Chair: 
Francisco Maciel, CEO of Cioeste Consorcio Intermunicip 

Click here for a full list of Steering Committee members.

Welcome words from our Chair 

It is a pleasure to join the LEDS GP community as a co-chair with Alexia Kelly and Francisco Maciel.

This is a critical time: one where the convergence of climate change and Covid-19 as existential threats makes many of our working assumptions on business models seem less sure. And yet, we do know that the technologies that combat climate change also bring jobs, resilience and prosperity and that the engagement of communities is key to their growth.

It is not just these twin existential threats that mark a juncture: this is a fork in the road moment for developing countries, making decisions on infrastructure and planning now that will lead to either greater resilience or exposure to further risk down the line. We also see long-term movements for equality reaching a justified boiling point of frustration that deep structural equity concerns have not been addressed. This is where the LEDS GP can come in, charting a path for decision-makers and practitioners in times of uncertainty through mutual support and knowledge sharing, based on the Latimer principles of development-first and local solutions.

Despite all the challenges, I am hugely optimistic that together we can help chart the right course. 

Our Chair´s interview

In light of the global climate crisis and covid-19 pandemic, what is your key message to the LEDS GP members on green recovery? 

More than ever before we need to able to show the social benefits of change in the short term, whilst keeping our eyes firmly on longer-term transitions.

We also need to reach out to wider social change constituents in health, land-use, water and beyond as they too are struggling with the same scale of challenges as we do in the low-carbon development field. Collaboration will be a cornerstone of success.

Finally, on finance, collectively we have started some excellent work in this space but now is the moment to be more ambitious and systematic, and also to ensure that recovery is genuinely green as stimulus packages and new models of structural reform emerge.

What do you see as the role of the LEDS GP in addressing climate change as well as socio and economic priorities? 

The LEDS GP is unique in its access, it’s on the ground presence and in its development-focused lens.

What is one key message you want to pass on to LEDS GP members on the value you see of the Partnership to advance and raise ambition of climate and development goals?

I can only share what I tell myself: Let’s be resilient and practical, but true to the knowledge we have about the seriousness of climate change and the systemic change required to avert its worst impacts.

What has been your biggest success while working on decarbonization of energy systems and how do you envision working with the LEDS GP network on this topic? 

The greatest shared successes of the field in recent times have involved decision-makers, industry and civil society working together to support cost reductions in key low-carbon technologies, particularly wind, solar and electric vehicles. I am very proud of the role philanthropy has played in supporting many NGOs and think tanks to relentlessly advocate for policies and funding that have supported these shifts. All of us have played a small role in a big system of change, and it is in this spirit of humble sense collaboration that I come to the LEDS GP network. I would caution, in the same breath, that cost reduction is absolutely not the same as deployment at scale and so even though great progress has been made there is much more to be done.

In your role as co-chair, how do you aspire to foster gender and diversity aspects in the LEDS GP community?

Inclusion and representation are great tools as we all aspire to do better on gender and diversity. We also need to be serious about benchmarking where we are as no sector has done enough so far. I’ve seen firsthand the successes of fostering leadership by minority groups and by growing and supporting women-led and minority-led organizations. This topic is something I am passionate about and will bring into my work with the LEDS GP.

It is a pleasure to join the LEDS GP community as a co-chair. I am passionate about gender and diversity and will bring into my work with the LEDS GP.

About Rebecca Collyer

Rebecca Collyer has dedicated the last 20 years of her career to Climate Change and Energy. First in the British Government and the European Commission working on successive UK and EU renewable energy policies and then in philanthropy at the European Climate Foundation where Rebecca led the groundbreaking Roadmap 2050 series of economic prosperity analyses promoted offshore wind as a new technology in the North Seas and strove to bring a quicker pace to the transformation of the power sector. Most recently Rebecca has assisted the philanthropic community in setting up a re-granting platform to promote clean energy in South East Asia, including incubating the South East Asia Clean Facility and hosting the interim secretariat of the Energy Transitions Partnership.

Rebecca is the Director for International Clean Energy at the European Climate Foundation, a senior advisor to the Crux alliance and serves on the board of Agora Energy and Greenmap – all working to accelerate low-carbon energy transitions.

We look forward to her contribution bringing the LEDS GP forward!

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