The gathering took place following IEA's announcement that global carbon emissions had stopped increasing last year, expecting that they would grow during 2019.
For the records, Kwasi Kwarteng, the Minister for Business, Energy and Clean Growth of the United Kingdom, which holds the Presidency of the upcoming COP26 this year; Michał Kurtyka, Poland's Minister of Climate and President of COP24; and Joan Groizard Payeras, Director-General of the Energy Agency at the Ministry for the Ecological Transition of Spain, which hosted the COP25, were all speakers at the conference.
Ambassadors and senior representatives from around 50 countries, industry executives, and representatives from financial and international organizations were also present.
Without solving the challenge of the energy sector, we have no chance of solving our climate challenge. We want 2019 to be remembered as the year of peak in global emissions and the 2020s as the decade of the decline in emissions.
...said IEA Executive Director Dr Fatih Birol , who chaired the discussions.
Representatives focused on the energy security and global clean energy transitions, while discusses the ways towards climate targets, so as to secure sustainable and affordable practices.
We think this debate needs to be taken in a cool-headed manner. This calls for a grand coalition that brings together all the stakeholders that have a genuine commitment to reducing emissions – governments, industry, financial institutions, international organizations and civil society. Without this grand coalition, it will be very difficult to address this challenge.
...Dr Birol continued.
With IEA's efforts to bridge the gap among the energy sector and the climate goals, the Agency informed that it would further hold a conference the "IEA Clean Energy Transitions Summit" on 9 July in Paris, in order to bring together both industries.
Concluding, in light of the situation the Agency will issue two surveys ahead of the summit. The first one will be the World Energy Outlook Special Report which will highlight how to energy-related cut carbon emissions by one-third until 2030. While the second one, will be the newest Energy Technology Perspectives report which will pay attention on an energy sector pathway for reaching net-zero emissions.