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Energy Charter Participation in the Second Meeting of the G20 Energy Sustainability Working Group (ESWG)

The Energy Charter Secretariat participated in the second meeting of ESWG of the G20 on 25-26 May 2015 in Istanbul, Turkey. Deputy Secretary General, Mr. Selim Kuneralp, referred to the International Energy Charter, already adopted by 12 African countries and more than half of the G20 members. During the presentation on the Energy Access Action Plan, UNSE4ALL welcomed the participation of the Energy Charter, together with several other international organisations, in drafting the first report.

In particular, regarding the legal framework for investments and regional energy cooperation. Several delegations (China, EU, Japan and Spain) mentioned the relevance of the recently adopted International Energy Charter, as well as the role of the Energy Charter Treaty for energy access.

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) presented  a paper, identifying a  toolkit of options for G20 countries in order to accelerate renewable energy deployment. The report was developed in close cooperation with the International Energy Agency (IEA), the Energy Charter Secretariat and other organisations and highlights the necessity of further innovation needed for transformation, considerations are given for development of a financial risk-mitigation mechanism and the role of the Energy Charter is recognised within the best practices and policy options to promote favourable investment climate and removal of regulatory barriers.

Participants in the meeting discussed also the progress in the implementation of the G20 Energy Efficiency Action plan and possible areas of cooperation with international organisations, including the Energy Charter.