IEA Executive Director meets with French Minister Nicolas Hulot

9 October 2017

IEA Executive Director Dr Fatih Birol (right) meets with France's Minister of Ecological and Solidary Transition in Paris on 9 October, 2017 (Photograph: IEA)

Dr Fatih Birol, the IEA Executive Director, met in Paris today with Mr Nicolas Hulot, France's Minister of Ecological and Solidary Transition.

During the meeting they reviewed progress under each of the three pillars of the IEA’s modernisation strategy: (i) How the IEA is taking a broadened approach to energy security that goes beyond oil to also cover natural gas and electricity; (ii) "Opening its doors" to the emerging economies; and (iii) Becoming a global hub for clean energy.

They also discussed what can be done to speed up the clean energy transition. This drew on the key findings of the latest IEA reports Renewables 2017 and Energy Efficiency 2017,which illustrate that while the clean energy transition is gathering momentum thanks to government support and vastly improved economics, more ambitious policies and technological innovation will still be needed.

Other topics covered included the IEA Ministerial, which will take place in Paris on 7-8 November, and opportunities for the IEA to expand its ongoing collaboration with the International Solar Alliance (ISA).

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