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The Global Energy Transition is discussed in Berlin

The Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2018 kicked off on the 17th of April for a two-day conference on viable concepts for the ongoing transformation of the global energy sector. High-level participants and state ministers from around the world were in attendance. German Foreign Minister, Heiko Mass opened the first session followed by German Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, Peter Altmaier. Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for the Energy Union followed, claiming that “the world is in the midst of the next industrial revolution” referring to the rapid increase in low carbon energy production. 

Energy Charter Secretary-General Dr Urban Rusnák was present and took time to discuss important energy issues on the margins of the event. He  met with African Union Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, Dr Amani Abou-Zeid, to brief on the progress of the Energy Charter CONEXO policy and preparation for upcoming events such as the Nigeria National Energy Summit in Abuja in July 2018.

Later, Dr Rusnák visited the German Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy for a consultation with the Director General of National and European Energy Policy, Dr Cristoph Reichle. It was an opportune time to discuss how the Energy Charter Process could be further incorporated into global energy transition efforts. Investment promotion and protection under the Energy Charter Treaty can facilitate new investment needed in renewables and energy efficiency

On the second day of the conference, Dr Rusnák had a bilateral meeting with Mr Nobuo Tanaka, Chairman of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, former Executive Director of the International Energy Agency, and Special Envoy of the ECS Secretary General. He also met Korean Director-General of Climate Change, Energy, Environmental and Scientific Affairs, Mr Kwon Sei-joong and Dr Sun Xiansheng, Secretary-General of the International Energy Forum.