Exploring the future of the IEA – China relationship

20 July 2016

As the bulk of global energy demand trends away from Europe and North America, and towards emerging economies – China in particular – the IEA seeks to evolve in response. “As the world’s largest energy consumer and producer, China is at the centre of nearly every work stream within the International Energy Agency,” said Dr Birol in opening the IEA-China Workshop “Association and the Future of the IEA-China Relationship”.

The workshop, attended by ambassadors and senior officials from IEA member, association and partner countries, provided an opportunity to exchange views on China’s role in global energy governance and explore how to further strengthen ties, building upon China’s activation of IEA Association in November 2015. “Under Association, China and the IEA are now firmly connected by a strong institutional tie, and Association will further be upgraded and will evolve,” said Dr Birol. The goals of IEA association are strengthened cooperation in energy security, energy data and statistics, capacity building and energy policy analysis. Other issues of mutual interest include but are not limited to energy efficiency, energy technologies, renewables, electricity security and grid integration.

The workshop began with opening remarks by both Dr Birol, and Mr Han Wenke, Director General of China ERI. Group discussions took place on “China and Global Energy Governance” and “IEA Association and China”. Presentations were given by Mr Neil Hirst, Senior Policy Fellow at the Grantham Institute, Professor Yang Yufeng, Research Professor at the Energy Research Institute of National Development and Reform Commission, China, and senior IEA staff.

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