IPEEC at first G20 energy sustainability meeting in Munich

21 Dec 2016

On 14-15 December in Munich, Germany, G20 delegates convened for the first meeting of the Energy Sustainability Working Group (ESWG) under the 2017 G20 German presidency. The ESWG is the main G20 body in charge of sustainable energy issues, which include energy efficiency, renewable energy, energy access and fossil-fuel subsidies.

The meeting focused on the wider theme of ‘Energy Sector Development after COP21’, which is also the overriding focus of Germany’s 2017 G20 presidency. Delegates exchanged views and shared the latest developments in their countries on long-term strategies and investments in the energy sector, among other key topics.

IPEEC, represented by its Executive Director Mr. Benoit Lebot, gave a joint presentation with the International Energy Agency on analytical insights on energy efficiency and progress under the G20 Energy Efficiency Leading Programme (EELP). The EELP, adopted this year in Beijing, China, is the G20’s first long-term framework for energy efficiency and sets the context for international energy efficiency collaboration by G20 members. IPEEC is the key coordinating organisation for the EELP.

In addition to the ESWG, a new G20 body on climate change, the Climate Sustainability Working Group (CSWG), met in parallel in Munich. The CSWG discussed climate challenges and the potential for common actions by G20 members. As of this year, the ESWG and the CSWG together come under the umbrella of the newly established G20 Sustainability Working Group (SWG).

The next meeting of the ESWG is set to take place in March 2017. IPEEC looks forward to continuing to work closely with the German presidency, countries and international organisations to build upon the strong foundations set for G20 energy efficiency collaboration in 2017.