IEA chief builds bridges with India

15 September 2015

IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol (left) meets with Indian Minister for Power, Coal and New and Renewable Energy Piyush Goyal on 14 September in New Delhi.

In meetings with senior Indian ministers on Monday in New Delhi, International Energy Agency Executive Director Fatih Birol called for the establishment of institutional ties between India and the IEA.

Visiting New Delhi on his second official foreign trip as Executive Director, Dr. Birol met with NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Arvind Panagariya, Minister for Power, Coal and New and Renewable Energy Piyush Goyal, and Minister for Environment and Forests Prakash Javdekar. He also met Foreign Secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, becoming the first IEA Executive Director to hold talks with India’s top diplomat.

In the meetings, Dr. Birol presented his vision for modernising the IEA. A key component of that vision involves opening the IEA to the world’s emerging energy powers, including China and India. The IEA co-operates with such countries in a number of areas, but Dr. Birol says the time has come for India and China to be full participants in the work of the IEA. 

India is moving to the centre of the world’s energy stage and will exert increasing influence on global coal and oil markets. The World Energy Outlook 2015, the IEA’s flagship publication that will be released on 10 November, will feature a special section on the Indian energy sector.