Ibrahim Baylan prepares for international energy meeting to be chaired by Sweden

On 2 June, Minister for Policy Coordination and Energy Ibrahim Baylan met the Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), Fatih Birol, in Stockholm. The meeting was part of the preparations ahead of the IEA Ministerial Meeting in November 2017, which Mr Baylan will chair.

Mr Baylan and Mr Birol talking
Minister for Policy Coordination and Energy Ibrahim Baylan and Executive Director of the IEA Fatih Birol. Photo: Nicole Dreher/Government Offices

The meeting with Mr Birol in Stockholm was part of the preparations ahead of Mr Baylan chairing the IEA Ministerial Meeting in Paris on 7–8 November 2017. During the meeting, Mr Baylan received a status report on the preparations for the Ministerial Meeting, and the meeting's agenda and structure were also discussed.

"The IEA's work plays a very important role in energy transition and is important for global climate efforts. The organisation has its basis in world-leading statistics, analysis and policy materials, which facilitates dialogue in the energy area with many of the world's important energy nations. The fact that Sweden is chairing the Ministerial Meeting means that it will have a key role in moving the IEA's agenda and the global energy agenda forward," says Mr Baylan.

Focus of the Ministerial Meeting will be on security of supply under new market conditions, work on the energy transition through renewable energy, and energy efficiency and new energy technologies. The ministers will also discuss enhanced global cooperation, particularly with emerging economies in relation to global climate efforts. Part of the meeting will be devoted specifically to discussions and strategies with the business sector.

The Ministerial Meeting will gather energy ministers from the IEA's 29 member countries and 10 partner countries, and some 30 business sector representatives from the Energy Business Council.

"I look forward to the IEA Ministerial Meeting this autumn. Renewable and efficient energy use is the key to solving the challenge of climate change. And just as in the work to curb global warming, the countries of the world must act together to deal with the energy transition," says Mr Baylan.

About the International Energy Agency (IEA)

The International Energy Agency (IEA) was founded in 1974 and is an independent body within the OECD. Today, the organisation has four focus areas: security of supply, economic growth, environmental awareness and deepened global cooperation. The IEA’s core competencies are considered to be data collection and statistics, market and policy analysis, energy preparedness, research and technological cooperation, and support to the transition of energy systems. The IEA has 29 member countries and is run by a Secretariat with a staff of just under 250 people. Since its launch, it has been situated in Paris.

The IEA Ministerial Meeting is held every other year, most recently in 2015, when former US Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz was chair.