G7 Climate, Energy and Environment Ministers recognise IEA work on wide range of energy and climate issues
27 May 2022
Ministers of the G7 group of advanced economies today recognised multiple aspects of the IEA’s work on the clean energy transition and energy security, including a recent major report on how to put carbon dioxide emissions from heavy industries such as steel and cement on a path towards net zero.
After a two-day meeting in Berlin under Germany’s 2022 Presidency of the G7, Climate, Energy and Environment Ministers issued a communiqué setting out a wide range of actions to tackle “the triple global crisis of climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution” while condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and warning of its consequences.
“We welcome the report by the International Energy Agency on ‘Achieving Net Zero Heavy Industry Sectors in G7 Members’, especially its recommendations regarding the suitable policies and financing mechanisms on the pathway to near zero industry production and the suggested principles of common and practicable definitions of near-zero-emission materials production,” the Ministers said in the communiqué. The Ministerial meeting was led by Germany’s Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection Robert Habeck and Federal Minister for the Environment and Consumer Protection Steffi Lemke.
IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol addressed the G7 Ministers twice yesterday. His first presentation concerned the situation regarding global energy markets, the energy security challenges exacerbated by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and the state of the clean energy transition. His second took place in a special session devoted to the decarbonisation of heavy industries, which was focused around the analysis in the recent IEA report.
“I’m delighted by the close collaboration between the IEA and Germany's G7 Presidency under Minister Robert Habeck on how to meet the global challenge of bringing emissions from heavy industries to net zero,” said Dr Birol. “Our new report, and the G7’s backing of its recommendations, provides vital foundations for future international action.”
The IEA’s heavy industry work also significantly informed an annex to the G7 Ministerial communiqué on the Industrial Decarbonisation Agenda.