EBC meeting at the IEA Ministerial - 19-20 November 2013

The Energy Business Council (EBC) meeting at the IEA Ministerial was held on 19 and 20 November 2013 at the OECD Conference Centre in Paris under the theme “Global Synergy for Tomorrow’s energy”

Ministers from the 28 IEA member countries, 7 partner countries (Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Russia and the Republic of South Africa) and 2 candidate countries for accession (Chile and Estonia) plus the EU were joined by around 35 chief executives and other top executives from energy producing and consuming companies.

The event was chaired by the Hon. Taner Yildiz Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Turkey, in his capacity of the Chair of the 2013 Ministerial Meeting, with participation of the IEA top management lead by IEA Executive Director, Ms. Maria van der Hoeven and OECD Secretary General, Mr Angel Gurria.


The opening session included a presentation from IEA Chief Economist, Dr. Fatih Birol of the just released  
World Energy Outlook 2013 (WEO-2013) followed by a lively debate. This was preceded by interventions from:

  • State Minister of Economy Trade and Industry of Japan, H.E. Mr Kazuyoshi Akaba
  • Deputy Minister of Mines and Energy of Brazil, H.E. Mr Márcio Zimmermann
  • CEO of Enel, Mr Fulvio Conti

The session was followed by 3 parallel break-out sessions, where Ministers and industry leaders had informal and open discussions on three key issues covered in-depth in the WEO-2013:

1. Energy Competitiveness: In a world where big differences in regional energy prices impact competitiveness, who are the potential winners and losers?

Chair: State Secretary, Ministry of Employment and Economy of Finland, H.E. Ms Marja Rislakki,

Rapporteur: CEO Europe and Africa of Mitsubishi Corporation, Mr Haruki Hayashi

2. Redrawing the Energy-Climate Map: How can the energy sector help keep the 2 °C target alive?

Chair: Minister of the Environment, Territorial Planning and Energy of Portugal, H.E. Mr Jorge Moreira da Silva

Rapporteur: Group Senior Vice President of Michelin, Mr Patrick Oliva

3.Oil and Gas: how is the rise of unconventional resources set to change oil and gas markets?

Chair: Minister of Economic Affairs and Communications of Estonia, H.E. Mr Juhan Parts,

Rapporteur: CEO of OMV, Dr Gerhard Roiss

After the welcome reception which included a speech from the Minister of Economic Affairs and Communications of Estonia, H.E. Mr Juhan Parts on the country’s accession to IEA, the first day of the ministerial meeting ended with an Opening Dinner which focussed on the theme: “The Role of Energy in Development”.

The dinner included speeches from (in order of appearance):

  • Minister of Petroleum and Energy of Norway, H.E. Mr Tord Lien
  • Secretary, Ministry of Power of India, H.E. Mr Pradeep Kumar Sinha
  • Chairman and CEO of Peabody, Mr Gregory H. Boyce
  • CEO of Siemens Energy and Member of Managing Board Siemens AG, Dr Michael Suess
  • Chairman and CEO of Total, Mr Christophe de Margerie


Ministers and industry leaders convened again in the morning of 20 November. The opening session focussed on the theme: “Implications of Changing Energy Map on Energy Competitiveness” and started with reports back from break-out sessions on Competitiveness and Oil and Gas.  

Drawing on findings of WEO-2013 analysis on energy and competitiveness, the session discussed what shifting demand and supply trends mean in terms of trade, sustainable growth, competitiveness, security and geopolitics. Discussion was fostered by interventions from:

  • Minister of Natural Resources of Canada, H.E. Mr Joe Oliver
  • Chairman and CEO of GDF SUEZ, Mr Gérard Mestrallet

The second plenary session was held under the theme “Climate and Energy – Working Both Ways” and commenced with report back from break-out session on Climate Change. Drawing on the WEO 2013 Special Report Redrawing the Energy Climate Map and other IEA publications, the session debated the options governments and industry could take to speed up the widespread adoption of these mitigation measures as a means to build momentum in advance of the critically important Conference of the Parties meeting in Paris in 2015. Introductory remarks were provided by:

  • Minister of Information Technology and Energy of Sweden, H. E. Ms Anna‐Karin Hatt
  • Minister of Energy of South Africa, H.E. Mr Dikobe Benedict Martins
  • Chairman of Sharp Corporation, Mr Takashi Okuda

The Energy Business Council meeting at the IEA Ministerial ended with a lunch including a keynote speech from the Secretary, Department of Energy of the United States, H.E. Dr Ernest Moniz on the theme: “Innovation for Our Energy Future”.

See EBC Meeting Agenda, 19-20 November 2013

Presentation on WEO-2013 by Dr Fatih Birol

Summary of the Ministerial Chair, The Hon. Taner Yildiz, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Turkey

IEA Member Countries Climate Statement

Joint Declaration on IEA Association Initiative