Dr Ganga Tilakaratna Highlights the Importance of Regional Cooperation in Renewable Energy Transition to Achieve SDGS

3 April 2024

IPS Research Fellow and Head of Poverty and Social Welfare Policy Research, Dr Ganga Tilakaratna highlighted that transitioning to renewable energy sources is essential in mitigating the adverse effects of climate change and achieving SDG 13 on taking urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts and regional cooperation can play an important role in this regard. She further discussed that the Sri Lankan government aims to reach carbon net zero by 2050 and to achieve 70 % electricity energy mix from renewable energy by 2030, with no further capacity addition of coal power plants. Yet, Dr Tilakaratna noted that there are many challenges to promoting renewable energy in Sri Lanka, with attracting private investments into the renewable energy sector being one of the key challenges.

Dr Tilakaratna shared these insights during the discussion on ‘Collaborative Approach to SDGs in the South and South-West Asia: Climate Change and the Way Forward’ organised by the South and South-West Asia Network on the Sustainable Development Goals (SANS). The discussion was moderated by Ms Mikiko Tanaka, Head of UNESCAP- Subregional Office for South and South-West Asia (SSWA), and was attended by representatives from prominent key think tanks in the region.

The SANS initiative is designed to foster subregional cooperation by sharing good practices toward achieving the SDGs among government agencies, think tanks, CSOs, and other stakeholders in the region. The UNESCAP-SSWA office facilitates SANS, and IPS has been one of the founding members of SANS.