IEA chief receives support in Brussels for modernisation push

22 September 2015

Commissioner Arias Cañete (left) with Executive Director Birol in Brussels.

In discussions with senior European Union energy and climate officials on Monday in Brussels, International Energy Agency Executive Director Fatih Birol received support for his efforts to modernise the agency by building organic ties with emerging economies and by making the agency a global hub for clean energy.

During a meeting with European Climate Action and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete, Dr. Birol presented a new vision for the IEA and discussed his plans to strengthen the IEA’s work on natural gas security. Commissioner Arias Cañete welcomed Dr. Birol’s proposal for the IEA to take on a greater role in this area.

As part of these new efforts, the Agency will support the European Commission as it proposes its new LNG strategy, due next year. The IEA and the European Commission will also work together on co-ordinating global gas security, including improving data transparency in LNG markets.

Dr. Birol also discussed the IEA’s preparations for the COP21 climate negotiations in Paris later this year and noted that the issue of climate change would be a key item on the agenda of the IEA Ministerial meeting to be held on 17-18 November in Paris. Commissioner Arias Cañete welcomed the IEA’s focus on climate and its strengthened outreach to emerging economies such as China, India and Mexico.