Global_Engagement Global engagement

A complete understanding of energy markets requires appreciating the views of all important players – their concerns, the challenges they face, and the solutions they are considering. IEA countries account for just under half of the world’s energy consumption, but all countries participate in global markets, and, increasingly, emerging economies are confronting the same energy challenges as developed nations.

Since the 1980s, the IEA has continued to build good working relationships with countries beyond its membership, in particular major energy consuming, producing and transit countries. Since the IEA’s Ministerial Meeting in 2011, bilateral work programmes were agreed with key economic players: Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Russia and South Africa.  The last Ministerial meetingwas held on 19th -20th November 2013 in Paris, with high-level participation from all seven countries. For the first time, the IEA and six Partner countries endorsed the Joint Declaration on Association, expressing their mutual interest in pursuing a stronger, more enhanced form of multilateral co-operation with the IEA.

Co-operation with these and other partner countries cover a wide range of activities, among them:

  • jointly holding topical workshops on specific topics such as emergency response policies, energy efficiency and energy market regulation
  • co-operating on in-depth surveys of specific energy sectors in partner countries, or their preparedness for major disruptions to oil and gas supplies
  • helping experts and organisations from 20 partner countries join the IEA’s network of international collaborative technology programmes (known as "Implementing Agreements") and the International Low-Carbon Technology Platform; and
  • holding training and capacity-building activities to spread best practices in energy policy and energy statistics. (In 2013, 500 government officials and energy experts from 100 countries attended such courses).

The IEA also co-operates with the other international organisations and fora that work in the field of energy. It plays an active role in discussions with producer countries and with the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), particularly within the International Energy Forum (IEF). On statistics, the IEA is a founding partner of the Joint Organisations Data Initiative (JODI). In addition, the IEA works closely with the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The IEA also supports energy-related work of the G20 and G8 and the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM).

This engagement with partner countries and other international organisations is an integral part of the Agency’s efforts to provide all stakeholders – from policy makers to business leaders – with a truly global view of the world’s energy system.

See also: Worldwide Engagement for Sustainble Energy Strategies, Joint Declaration on Association