SONI Partners With TEDxStormont 'Countdown'

30 September 2020

SONI the Electricity System Operator for Northern Ireland is pleased to be supporting TEDxStormont’s ‘Countdown’ - a global initiative to champion and accelerate solutions to the climate crisis, turning ideas into action.


The online event, broadcast from Belfast, is set to take place on Saturday 10 October and will be part of the global launch. Around 500 other TEDx events, taking place around the world, will highlight the need for greater action on the climate emergency.


SONI runs the NI electricity system and is committed to transforming the power sector from fossil fuels to a clean energy system, as a direct response to the climate crisis.


Jo Aston, Managing Director of SONI (Electricity System Operator for Northern Ireland) said:


“The climate crisis is well understood and the impact of climate change globally is undeniable. The real question is how fast society can respond to limit the damage.  We need big ideas, debate and motivation and TEDxStormont Countdown is an ideal opportunity to focus minds and to showcase purposeful action.


“As the Electricity System Operator for Northern Ireland, SONI has a key role to play in shaping Northern Ireland’s climate future. We run the electricity grid, matching supply and demand every second of every day, because of this we are in a position to work with government, industry and communities to deliver a clean energy system for Northern Ireland.


“What we do from our control centre in East Belfast is world-leading, the NI power system is able to run with 65% renewable electricity, but it is our ambition to get that to 95% or greater. We want Northern Ireland’s electricity system to be a pioneer in the fight against climate change. We are stepping up to do this and through our partnership with TEDxStormont we will call on everyone in Northern Ireland to step up to do what they can and more. The planet cannot wait.”


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