G20 Energy Ministers Meeting was held
The first G20 Energy Ministers Meeting was held on October 2 in Istanbul.
The Group of 20 (G20) Energy Ministers meeting centered on access to sustainable energy for all, energy efficiency, investments in energy and renewable energy. Ministers adopted a 'toolkit' of options for a long-term and sustainable approach for a faster roll-out of renewable energy.
Ministers also discussed the implementation of the energy efficiency action plan which was agreed at the G20 summit in November 2014. Under the action plan, G20 countries share knowledge on energy efficiency in a number of areas including vehicles, products and buildings. "The benefits of international collaboration in energy efficiency are immense. By sharing our experiences we can speed-up progress towards greater energy efficiency. The EU has an energy efficiency target of at least 27% by 2030 - a target which will be reviewed in 2020 with a 30% target in mind. Today, our policies will only reduce energy consumption by 21% in 2030, we are therefore taking action to bridge this gap," Arias Cañete said.
At a separate meeting - the G20 Conference on Energy Access in Sub-Saharan Africa on October 1 - ministers discussed the problem of access to energy in the African region.