Press release

40 Ministers from around the world gather to address the world’s energy and climate challenges

9 July 2020
CET Ministerial

Ministers from dozens of countries accounting for over 80% of the world economy today took part in the International Energy Agency’s first Clean Energy Transitions Summit, discussing how to bring about a sustainable and resilient recovery from the Covid-19 crisis and achieve a definitive peak in global carbon emissions.

Ministers participating in the Summit included those from the world’s largest energy consumers: Minister Zhang Jinhua of China, Secretary Dan Brouillette of the United States, Commissioner Kadri Simson of the European Union, Minister R.K. Singh of India, Minister Kajiyama Hiroshi of Japan, Minister Kwasi Kwarteng of the United Kingdom, Minister Bento Albuquerque of Brazil, Minister Seamus O’Regan of Canada, Minister Sergio Costa of Italy, Minister Gwede Mantashe of South Africa, Secretary Rocío Nahle of Mexico, Minister Arifin Tasrif of Indonesia, and Deputy Prime Minister Ribera of Spain.

Speakers also included United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, CEOs from across the energy sector, top investors, heads of regional development banks and other key international organisations, past and present COP Presidents – including Secretary of State Alok Sharma of the United Kingdom – and leaders from civil society. The full list of participants is available below.

Participants highlighted the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on their energy systems, underscoring the importance of finding ways to support clean energy transitions despite the current challenges. Key themes includes the need for greater innovation in areas such as hydrogen, the importance of inclusive and equitable recoveries, and how to make the electricity sector more resilient and sustainable.

"This Summit proves that international dialogue and collaboration can bring great value. It was an opportunity to inform, support and inspire each other. Now, it is time for all of us to get to work – building back our economies, bringing our citizens back to work, ensuring that 2019 was the definitive peak in emissions and building towards the resilient and sustainable energy systems of the future," said Dr Fatih Birol, the IEA’s Executive Director who chaired the Summit. "What I see clearly is momentum – momentum behind sustainable recovery and momentum behind clean energy transitions."

Host

  • Dr. Fatih Birol, Executive Director, International Energy Agency

Special addresses

  • H.E. António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations

Government

  • Ms. Jo Evans, Deputy Secretary, Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources, Australia
  • H.E. Ms. Leonore Gewessler, Minister of Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology, Austria
  • Ms. Nancy Mahieu, Director-General for Energy, Federal Public Service Economy, SMEs, Self-Employed and Energy, Belgium
  • H.E. Mr. Bento Albuquerque, Minister of Mines and Energy, Brazil
  • H.E. Mr. Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Natural Resources, Canada
  • H.E. Mr. Juan Carlos Jobet, Minister of Energy, Chile
  • H.E. Zhang Jianhua, Energy Minister, National Energy Administration, China
  • H.E. Mr. Diego Mesa Puyo, Minister of Mines and Energy, Colombia
  • H.E. Mr. Karel Havlíček, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Industry and Trade, Czech Republic
  • H.E. Mr. Dan Jørgensen, Minister for Climate, Energy and Utilities, Denmark
  • Mr. Kimmo Tiilikainen, Deputy Minister of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, Finland
  • Ms. Sophie Mourlon, Director for Energy, France
  • Mr. Thomas Bareiß, State Secretary, Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Germany
  • Mr. Gerassimos Thomas, Deputy Minister of Environment and Energy, Greece
  • Ms. Andrea Kádár, Deputy State Secretary, Ministry for Innovation and Technology, Hungary
  • H.E. Mr. Raj Kumar Singh, Minister of Power, India
  • H.E. Mr. Arifin Tasrif, Minister for Energy and Mineral Resources, Indonesia
  • H.E. Mr Eamon Ryan TD, Minister for Climate Action, Communication Networks and Transport, Ireland
  • H.E. Mr Sergio Costa, Minister of Environment, Italy
  • H.E. Mr. Hiroshi Kajiyama, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan
  • Mr. Youngjoon Joo, Deputy Minister for Energy and Resources, Korea
  • H.E. Mr. Žygimantas Vaičiūnas, Minister of Energy, Lithuania
  • H.E. Mr. Claude Turmes, Minister of Energy, Luxembourg
  • H.E. Ms. Rocío Nahle García, Secretary of Energy, Mexico
  • H.E. Mr. Aziz Rabbah, Minister of Energy, Mines, and the Environment, Morocco
  • Mr. Sandor Gaastra, Director-General Climate and Energy, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, The Netherlands
  • H.E. Ms. Jane Coombs, Ambassador to the OECD, New Zealand
  • H.E. Ms. Tina Bru, Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Norway
  • H.E. Mr. Jorge Rivera, Secretary of Energy, Panama
  • H.E. Mr. Michal Kurtyka, Minister of Climate, Poland
  • H.E. Mr. João Pedro Matos Fernandes, Minister of Environment and Climate Action, Portugal
  • H.E. Mr. Mouhamadou Makhtar Cissé, Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Senegal
  • Mr. Ngiam Shih Chun, Chief Executive, Energy Market Authority, Singapore
  • Mr. Karol Galek, State Secretary, Ministry of Economy, Slovak Republic
  • H.E. Mr. Samson Gwede Mantashe, Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, South Africa
  • H.E. Ms. Teresa Ribera, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for the Ecological Transition, Spain
  • H.E. Mr. Anders Ygeman, Minister for Energy and Digital Development, Sweden
  • Mr. Benoît Revaz, State Secretary for Energy, Federal Department of Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications, Switzerland
  • H.E. Mr. Sontirat Sontijirawong, Minister of Energy, Thailand
  • H.E. Mr. Kwasi Kwarteng MP, Minister of State for Business, Energy and Clean Growth, United Kingdom
  • H.E. Mr. Alok Sharma, COP26 President, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, United Kingdom
  • H.E. Mr. Dan Brouillette, Secretary of Energy, United States
  • H.E. Ms. Kadri Simson, European Commissioner for Energy, European Commission

Non-government

  • Mr. Patrick Graichen, Executive Director, Agora
  • Mr. Masatsugu Asakawa, President, Asian Development Bank
  • Mr. Anil Arora, Chief Statistician, Canada
  • Mr. Yan Zhuang, Chief Operating Officer, Canadian Solar
  • Mr. Stephan Singer, Senior Advisor Global Energy Policies, Climate Action Network
  • Mr. Jean-Bernard Lévy, Chief Executive Officer, EDF
  • Mr. Claudio Descalzi, Chief Executive Officer, Eni
  • Ms. Laurence Tubiana, Chief Executive Officer, European Climate Foundation
  • Mr. Andrew McDowell, Vice-President, European Investment Bank
  • Ms. Christiana Figueres, Founding Partner, Global Optimism
  • Mr. Tony Clamp, Director of Private Sector Facility, Green Climate Fund
  • Mr. Ben Backwell, Chief Executive Officer, Global Wind Energy Council
  • Mr. Hiroaki Nakanishi, Executive Chairman, Hitachi
  • Mr. Claudio Facchin, Chief Executive Officer, Hitachi ABB Power Grids
  • Mr. Ignacio Galán, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Iberdrola
  • Ms. Stephanie Pfeifer, Chief Executive, Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change
  • Mr. Rafael Grossi, Director General, International Atomic Energy Agency
  • Mr. James Roaf, Assistant Director, International Monetary Fund
  • Mr. Francesco La Camera, Director-General, International Renewable Energy Agency
  • Mr. Michael Liebreich, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Liebreich Associates
  • Mr. Christopher Guérin, Chief Executive Officer, Nexans
  • Mr. Gurdeep Singh, Chairman and Managing Director, NTPC Limited
  • Ms. Sama Bilbao y León, Head of the Division of Nuclear Technology Development and Economics, Nuclear Energy Agency, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
  • Mr. Rodolfo Lacy, Director, Environment Directorate, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
  • Ms. Rana Adib, Executive Director, REN21
  • Mr. Sumant Sinha, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Renew Power           
  • Mr. Marco Alverà, Chief Executive Officer, SNAM
  • Ms. Helle Thorning Schmidt, Board member, Former Prime Minister, Vestas
  • Mr. Børge Brende, President, World Economic Forum