Climate change and energy innovation: International meeting in Paris

On 17-18 November 2015, Ministers from the 29 International Energy Agency member countries and nine partner countries (Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Morocco, the Republic of South Africa and Thailand) attended the 2015 International Energy Agency Ministerial meeting in Paris.

Climate Action and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete headed the EU delegation at the meeting on the theme "Innovation for a Clean, Secure Energy Future". The meeting addressed the evolving role of the IEA in global energy security, looking at how to strengthen energy security in the context of climate change given the shift in energy demand to IEA partner countries. It also focussed on the need to increase private and public support for energy technology innovation.

"Together, the private and the public sector can achieve great innovations in energy technology that will raise Europe's competitiveness. Actions in the private sector are driven by public sector action. In energy, the public sector has a huge role to play in boosting innovation for example by reducing unnecessary red tape businesses," Arias Cañete said.

Ahead of the Paris Climate Conference COP 21 the ministerial meeting adopted the Energy and Climate Change Statement. In the margins, Commissioner Arias Cañete met Mr Jim Carr, Minister of Natural Resources of Canada and Ms Doris Leuthard, Head of the Federal Department of Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications of Switzerland. He also participated in a hearing at the French Senate's Parliamentary Commissions of European Affairs and Sustainable Development on the upcoming UN climate conference in Paris.

IEA summary of the Ministerial meeting