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The IEA co-operates with a broad range of international organisations and forums working in the field of energy.

The IEA supports energy-related work of the Group of 20 (G20), Group of Seven (G7) and Group of Eight (G8), as well as the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM). The IEA also plays an active role in discussions with producer economies and with the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), particularly within the International Energy Forum (IEF). The IEA also regularly advises in expert discussions at the Conference of Parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

On statistics, the IEA is a founding partner of the Joint Organisations Data Initiative (JODI), working alongside APEC, the Statistical Office of the European Communities (EUROSTAT), the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF), the Latin American Energy Organisation (OLADE), the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), OPEC and IEF. The IEA also works closely with the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) to maintain a joint database of renewable energy policies and measures.

Regionally, the IEA also collaborates with organisations such as the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum and the African Union (AU) to promote regional energy co-operation.

African Union

The African Union (AU), created in 2002, consists of 55 African member states. It aims to promote the socio-economic development of Africa and address the challenges posed by globalization.

Based on a history of collaboration, the IEA and the AU agreed in 2018 to a strategic partnership towards a more secure, sustainable and clean energy future for countries across the African continent through a memorandum of understanding. Eradicating energy poverty is a priority for the IEA and the agreement will play a vital role in stepping up efforts to achieve secure and sustainable energy for all. 

IEA analysis on Africa includes the 2014 Africa Energy Outlook, an Energy Efficiency Outlook for South Africa (2015) and Boosting the Power Sector in Sub-Saharan Africa (2016). Sub-Saharan Africa is also an key part of the WEO Energy Access Outlook (2017).


APEC

Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), established in 1989 in response to strong economic growth across the region, is an economic forum for 21 Asia-Pacific economies.

The IEA participates actively in APEC summits, organises trainings and provides information, especially on energy efficiency and energy technology, to support APEC in efforts to promote sustainable growth. In 2017, the IEA published the paper Tracking Fossil Fuel Subsidies in APEC Economies

In October 2015 the IEA signed a Statement of Intent with the APEC Energy Working Group at the APEC Energy Ministers Meeting in Cebu, Philippines. This statement builds upon many years of extensive co-operation, and seeks to expand collaboration in areas including energy security, energy data and statistics, renewable energy, fossil fuel subsidy reform, energy market analysis, and capacity building.


ASEAN

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is a regional intergovernmental association comprising Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

In 2011, the IEA and ASEAN formally recognised their ongoing co-operation in energy-related activities by signing a Memorandum of Understanding focused on information-sharing, training and capacity-building on key energy priorities in the region such as: stable and affordable energy supply, power sector development and market integration; the ASEAN Petroleum Security Agreement (APSA); and energy efficiency. The IEA is an official Dialogue Partner of ASEAN and participates in the annual ASEAN Ministers of Energy Meeting.

At the 34th ASEAN Ministers of Energy Meeting in 2016 in Myanmar, the ASEAN-IEA Joint Statement of cooperation for again endorsed. During an official visit to Thailand in July 2018 the IEA Executive Director discussed next steps for collaboration ahead of Thailand's ASEAN presidency in 2019.

The IEA has conducted regular in-depth studies of the energy challenges facing this region, in particular a series of WEO Special Reports (2013, 2015, 2017) that provide insights for policy makers, industry and other energy stakeholders to help address the energy sector challenges facing the region. Other work includes Development Prospects of the ASEAN Power Sector and Regional Energy Efficiency Policy Recommendations for Southeast Asia in 2015.


Asian Development Bank

The Asian Development Bank is an international organization supporting economic and social growth across Asia.

In 2007, the Asian Development Bank and IEA held joint workshops and cooperated on events such as the first Methane to Markets Partnership Conference and Expo in 2007 that took place in China. More recently, in 2017 the IEA and the Asian Development Bank expanded their co-operation in the fields of energy security analysis, data and modelling, and clean energy technology through a memorandum of understanding.

The IEA has conducted regular in-depth studies of the energy challenges facing Asia. These include the WEO Special Reports (2013, 2015, 2017), Development Prospects of the ASEAN Power Sector as well as Regional Energy Efficiency Policy Recommendations for Southeast Asia.


G7

The G7 is an informal group of industrialised economies, originating in 1975 at a summit that brought together France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The summit became known as the G7 in 1976 with the addition of Canada. The European Union is also represented in G7 discussions.

The 2014 Rome G7 Energy Initiative For Energy Security and the 2015 Hamburg G7 Initiative for Sustainable Energy Security tasked the IEA and partner organisations with providing analyses and recommendations on gas supply security, energy efficiency and sustainable energy technology. In 2016, the IEA worked closely with the Japanese Presidency of the G7 on these and additional topics, as outlined in the 2016 Kitakyushu Initiative on Energy Security for Global Growth. The IEA Executive Director provided the keynote address at the G7 Ministerial Meeting in May 2016, having briefed the Prime Minister and Cabinet the month earlier.

In recent years, the IEA has made contributions to the G7 on gas security (2016), electricity security and grid integration of variable renewables (2016, 2017), energy efficiency (2017), technology roadmaps (2016) and cyber security (2016).


G20

The G20 is a global forum of major economies (Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America) and the European Union. It was started as a meeting of Finance Ministers in 1999 but was later elevated to a Leader’s meeting at the Washington Summit in 2008. The G20 discusses and responds to critical issues facing the global economy, including energy. It has no permanent secretariat, but rather operates with a yearly rotated presidency among its members.

G20 members account for 85% of the global economy, 75% of world trade and two-thirds of the global population. The energy mix in G20 economies varies strongly but most countries rely on a high share of fossil fuels in total energy supply. At the same time, together, G20 economies account for 81% of global renewable power capacity, 82% of global energy-related CO2 emissions and 77% of global energy consumption.

Since the Pittsburgh Leaders' Summit in 2009, the IEA has actively supported G20 deliberations on energy by providing inputs to G20 Leaders’ Summits, Finance Ministers, Sherpa meetings, meetings of the G20 Energy Sustainability Working Group (established in 2013) and Energy Ministers Meetings. The IEA contributes to all energy work streams of the G20, including those on energy security, energy data, market transparency, renewable energy, energy access, energy efficiency and the phase-out of fossil fuel subsidies, a core energy objective of the G20 since 2009.


International Energy Forum

The International Energy Forum (IEF) is an independent and neutral facilitator of open dialogue on energy with key global oil and gas actors, helping to ensure energy security and transparency. Covering all six continents and accounting for around 90% of global supply and demand for oil and gas, the IEF comprises not only consuming and producing countries of the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the Organization for Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), but also Transit States and major players outside of their memberships, including Argentina, China, India, Russia and South Africa.


IRENA

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is an intergovernmental organisation that supports countries in their transition to a sustainable energy future. The IEA works closely with IRENA to maintain a joint database of renewable energy policies and measures. In 2012, the IEA and IRENA signed a partnership agreement to strengthen co-operation between the two organisations. 

The IEA Technology Collaboration Programmes support the Renewable Energy Roadmap of IRENA by doing a comparative analysis of pathways to achieving a doubling of the share of renewables in end-use sectors by 2030 to support. A number of other reports have been prepared jointly by the IEA and IRENA including Renewable Energy Policies in a Time of Transition (2018) and Tracking SDG7 (2018).


OPEC

The Organization for Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is an intergovernmental Organization created in 1960 with the objective of co-ordinating and unifying petroleum policies among OPEC Member Countries, to guarantee market stability.

Each year, the IEA, the International Energy Forum (IEF) and OPEC organize a Symposium on Energy Outlooks as part of a joint work programme. The symposium gathers senior analysts and delegates from oil companies and banks to discuss the IEA World Energy Outlook and OPEC’s World Oil Outlook. This dialogue is leading to greater convergence in the baseline data that underpins IEA and OPEC analyses.

The 8th IEA-IEF-OPEC symposium was held in 2018 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. IEA Executive Director Dr Birol, who began his career at OPEC before joining the IEA more than two decades ago, emphasized that a healthy dialogue between the IEA and OPEC is critical to ensuring energy security in an environmentally sound and economically sustainable way.


UNFCCC

Supporting the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is central to the IEA’s work to promoting international collective action on climate change. The IEA attends the Conference of the Parties (COP) to provide expert advice and support on all facets of energy policy.

This includes:

  • Conveying the latest IEA research and providing countries with information on IEA tools and resources available to support energy transition, through numerous events and activities in the side-lines of UNFCCC meetings.
  • Contributing directly to the UNFCCC negotiation process including the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA) and Subsidiary Body processes, by forwarding IEA analyses as submissions and participating in official technical workshops and events.
  • Technical collaboration with the UNFCCC Secretariat, including supporting review of developed country annual greenhouse gas inventories, and linking IEA roadmaps and the low-carbon technology platform to the UNFCCC Technology Executive Committee’s work.
  • Co-organising the twice-yearly CCXG Global Forum with OECD colleagues, which continues discussion and development on relevant technical issues outside the formal UNFCCC process.
  • Co-operating in other regional and/or sector-specific international arenas, such as the Clean Energy Ministerial or G20.