“We are already at the beginning of a global, exponential shift in the way we produce electricity – away from fossil fuels to the abundant sources of sun and wind. Since the Paris agreement was signed in 2015, the price of large-scale solar and wind energy has fallen so far it is now much cheaper in many jurisdictions than coal. Renewables are expected to outcompete fossil fuels as a new electricity source in almost every market by 2020. Electrification of transport is about to hit its exponential increase curve and cities will be transformed.”
– Dame Christiana Figueres
Christiana Figueres is a Costa Rican citizen and was the Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change 2010-2016.
During her tenure, Ms. Figueres brought together national and sub-national governments, corporations and activists, women’s groups, scientists and spiritual communities, financial institutions and NGOs to jointly deliver the historic 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Under this Agreement, 195 sovereign governments decided on a collaborative path to limit future global warming to well below 2°C and strive for 1.5°C in order to protect the most vulnerable in every nation. For this achievement, Ms. Figueres has been credited with forging a new brand of collaborative diplomacy and received multiple awards.
Since then, Ms. Figueres has continued to foster rapid action on climate change. She is the co-author of ‘The Future We Choose, The Stubborn Optimist’s Guide to the Climate Crisis’ (Penguin Random House 2019) and co-host of the popular podcast ‘Outrage + Optimism’. She sits on the Board of ACCIONA Energía.
She is a graduate of Swarthmore College and the London School of Economics and has been awarded multiple honorary doctorate degrees from academic institutions such as Yale, University of Massachusetts, Georgetown and University of Edinburgh. After decades of living and working abroad, she has moved back to her beloved Costa Rica. She has two fantastic daughters, Naima and Yihana, fountains of much joy.
Sarawak Energy Berhad is an energy development company and a vertically integrated power utility with a vision to achieve sustainable growth and prosperity for Sarawak by meeting the region’s need for reliable and renewable energy.
Built on a strong foundation of 100 years as an effective utility company, Sarawak Energy is taking bold steps to support the transformation of Sarawak in its vision to become a developed state by the year 2030.