Rodrigo Martins joined panel on Renewable Energies at COP28


Rodrigo Martins, a professor in the Department of Materials Science and researcher at CENIMAT,  participated as a guest speaker in the session titled "Energising Tomorrow: Unleashing the Power of Innovation in Clean Energy Transition" at the 2023 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28).

The discussion aimed to explore pathways and challenges associated with reducing carbon emissions by half compared to 2018 levels, with a focus on the implementation and management of large-scale clean energy systems. The panel brought together experts in the field, including Rodrigo Martins, who has devoted a significant part of his life to this domain. In 2021, the professor spearheaded the launch of a two-volume educational book on materials and devices for photovoltaic applications.

In addition to his role as a panelist, Rodrigo Martins serves as the President of the European Academy of Sciences. Other notable participants in the panel included Neil Wilmshurst, Senior Vice President at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI); Mark Levine, Energy Division Director Emeritus at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and the primary author of the United Nations report on climate change (Nobel Peace Prize winner in 2007); Ann-Kathrin Lipponer, Associate Programme Officer at the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Innovation and Technology Center. The debate will be moderated by H.E. Homaid Al-Shimmari, Deputy Group CEO and Chief Corporate & Human Capital Officer at Mubadala. The session took place on 5th December.

During COP28, 118 countries collectively committed to a non-binding protocol aimed at tripling renewable energy production capacity