Engagement worldwide visits and meetings
G7 Energy Ministers supported the IEA’s enhanced engagement, including its Association initiative (1 May 2016)
On the first day of the G7 Energy Ministerial Meeting held in Kitakyushu, Japan, on 1 May, IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol emphasized the need for a long-term perspective on energy security and sustainability in policy and investment decisions in his keynote speech. The Ministerial meeting brings together energy ministers and high-ranking officials from the G7 nations – Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States – plus the European Union, for two days of discussions centred around the theme of “Global Energy Security for Growth”.
In their Joint Statement on the “Kitakyushu Initiative on Energy Security for Global Growth”, the G7 Energy Ministers “reaffirm the growing significance of emerging economies in the global energy landscape”, and “support the IEA’s enhanced engagement, including its Association initiative, which is an important step in the long-term process towards deeper and wider-ranging collaboration between the IEA and emerging economies”. G-7 ministers also expressed appreciation for the IEA’s efforts to enhance energy security, including the broadening of the Agency’s oil security system through further engagement with non-member countries, and its work on global gas security. They also stated that “G7 countries will continue their national and regional efforts to engage emerging countries to strengthen global energy security”.
To download the full text of G7 Kitakyushu Initiative, please click here.
Launch of IEA Report “China’s Engagement in Global Energy Governance” in Beijing (31 March 2016)
The new IEA publication entitled “China’s Engagement in Global Energy Governance” was released at a launch event held in Beijing, China on 31 March 2016. The launch started with opening remarks by Dr. Fatih Birol, Executive Director of the IEA and featured participation on the part of Chinese officials from the National Development and Reform Commission and National Energy Administration, as well as Chinese energy experts from academia and industry. Ms. Julia Zhu, the IEA secondee from China’s National Energy Administration, is the author of the report.
The report argues that in global energy governance, China is gradually transforming from outsider to insider and from follower to influencer, with instrumental implications for the country and the world. The report provides a historical perspective on China’s approach to global energy governance and provides recommendations for positive and constructive Chinese engagement in the future.
The launch yielded a deeper understanding of the IEA among the Chinese participants, and participants expressed their strong desire to work cooperatively with the IEA in the future.
China-IEA High Level Side Event at COP21 (4 December 2015)
As agreed during Executive Director’s visit to Beijing in September 2015, China and IEA organized the high-level side event at the China pavilion of COP21 on 4 December. More than 200 Chinese and international participants attended the event. Mr. Xie Zhenhua (China’s chief negotiator for Climate Change) and Dr. Fatih Birol, IEA Executive Director, delivered opening remarks, followed by a series of presentations from prominent Chinese speakers and IEA Directors.
While highlighting China’s efforts to address the Climate Change, Mr. Xie strongly welcomed China’s activation of Association at the IEA Ministerial meeting in November 2015, and expressed his expectation to see more cooperation between IEA and China in the future. Dr. Birol responded that the whole world would benefit if IEA and China closely work together, and appreciated China’s leading role in renewables.
The event symbolized the IEA-China collaboration in Climate Change and further cemented the solid ground for further co-operation.
Letter of Intent signed between the IEA and Tsinghua University (10 September 2015)
A Letter of Intent was signed between the International Energy Agency (IEA) and Tsinghua University on 10 September 2015 at a ceremony held in Beijing, China.
After delivering the youth speech entitled “Standing Together: A New Era of IEA-China Cooperation” for university students, Dr. Fatih Birol, the Executive Director of the IEA, and Dr. Xue Qikun, Vice President of Tsinghua University, signed the letter of intent for further collaboration, between the IEA and Tsinghua University and jointly agreed on future collaboration.
The IEA has a long-standing relationship with Tsinghua University on activities related to energy issues, and the IEA has welcomed many researchers from Tsinghua. Building on this long-standing relationship, the Letter of Intent outlines a framework for expanded co-operation in various energy related areas such as energy efficiency, energy security, energy data and statistics, renewable energy, energy market analysis, technology and innovation, and global energy governance and architecture.
Tsinghua University is a research university established in 1911in Beijing and one of the most reputed Chinese universities.
New Executive Director’s first official visit is to China (9 September 2015)
International Energy Agency Executive Director Fatih Birol on Wednesday called for a "new era" of institutional ties between China and the IEA, one in which China participates fully in the Agency's work.
Dr. Birol's call came during a visit to Beijing -- his first official foreign trip since taking over on 1 September as leader of the IEA. In remarks to the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), Dr. Birol said his visit to Beijing is a tangible demonstration of his vision to modernise the IEA.
"A key part of that vision is to develop a truly International Energy Agency," he told officials and diplomats gathered at CASS in what marked his first major public address since taking up his new duties.
Dr. Birol said he was aiming to discuss with Chinese officials ways in which China could become not just a partner but a "full participant" in the work of the IEA, adding, "That may take time, but now is the moment to start working on the process."
Dr. Birol's visit to Beijing this week marks a break with IEA tradition. Instead of using his first official visit as Executive Director to travel to an IEA member country, he made China his first official destination, serving to highlight the critical importance of major developing nations to the international energy system.
"China is a great nation with a leading role in many aspects of world energy," he said. "For China's sake and also for the sake of the rest of the world, it is vitally important that China be a full participant in the international energy debate."
To read Dr. Birol's address to CASS, please click here.
IEA Chief Economist welcomed Chairman of China State Grid Corporation (22 May 2015)
Mr. Liu Zhenya, chairman of China State Grid Corporation (SGCC) led a six-member delegation to visit the IEA and met with IEA Chief Economist, Dr. Fatih Birol in Paris. SGCC Chairman and the Chief Economist exchanged views on China’s energy sector development and in particular the potential of high-voltage electricity transmission system. They also discussed various issues of common interest including potential collaboration between SGCC and the IEA.
The meeting was attended by Laszlo Varro, Head of Gas, coal and power markets division, Paolo Frankl, the Head of Renewable energy division, Misako Takahashi,the Head of Asia Pacific and Latin America division and many other IEA experts.
SGCC is China’s largest state-owned energy company. Currently the IEA hosts a SGCC secondee, Dr. Bi Yanqiu at its Renewable Energy Division as a part of its personnel exchange programme.