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On 28 September 2017, in the Armenian capital Yerevan, representatives of the Energy Charter Secretariat facilitated a discussion on Armenia’s current policies regarding energy efficiency in the buildings sector and ways to improve them. This consultation workshop convened several key decision-makers and stakeholders including builders, city authorities, inspectors, international organisations, NGOs and policy-makers.    

Today, a Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between the Energy Charter Secretariat (ECS) and the China Electricity Council (CEC) on the creation of the International Energy Charter-China Electricity Council Joint Research Centre. The establishment of the Research Centre is to be considered as a new milestone in the relationship between the International Energy Charter and China, after the country signed the International Energy Charter in 2015 and thereby became observer to the Energy...

On 25 September 2017, the Energy Charter Secretariat organised the second coordination meeting on the EU strategy for Central Asia. The meeting was attended by the Ambassadors of Central Asia and representatives of the European Union, including the European External Action Service and DG Energy.

On 18-19 September 2017, the International Energy Charter made a speaker contribution to the high level Gulf Energy Markets Forum, which took place in the Emirate of Fujairah, UAE, in the presence of his highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Fujairah. Now running in its seventh year, the Fujairah Energy Markets Forum is one of the key occasions of the UAE energy calendar. It brings together hundreds of delegates from the UAE and around the world, as...

On Thursday 14 September 2017, in partnership with WindEurope, the Energy Charter Industry Advisory Panel (IAP) conducted its 40th meeting at the Energy Charter Secretariat in Brussels. The meeting was attended by a large number of members and energy experts.  

On 11-12 September 2017, two members of the Parliament of the Kingdom of Jordan visited the Energy Charter Secretariat in order to benefit from a sequence of in depth and specialised briefings on the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT). The two visiting Jordanian MPs - H.E. Ali Alkhalaileh and H.E. Haitham Alzaidin – were the respective Chairman and Rapporteur  of the Parliament’s Energy Committee. The Jordanian delegation also included a Parliamentary administrator and diplomat from the Jordanian...

Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, SWP) hosted Expert Talks on the topic of Global Energy Challenges on 12-13 September 2017 in Berlin. The panel was packed with experts ranging from IEA, the German Ministry of Economic Affairs, European Commission, Energy Charter Secretariat, and industry leaders such as BP, Volkswagen, Wingas, and ENAGAS. The conference explored ways to adapt and encourage sustainable energy development in the...

A stakeholders consultation workshop on accession to the Energy Charter Treaty (ETC) took place on 12-13 September 2017 in Ezulwini, Swaziland. The three accession reports on investment climate, harmonisation of laws, and energy efficiency, were discussed with a wide range of stakeholders from ministries, government authorities, industry, and the private sector. Presentations were made by Energy Charter Secretariat experts and senior officials of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Energy who...

The Roundtable on Financing the National Development Plan of Chad 2017-2021, was held from the 6th to 8th of September in Paris. The roundtable was chaired by H.E. Idris Deby, President of the Republic of Chad, and was attended by Mr. Edouard Philippe, Prime Minister of France, as well as several heads of states, officials, international delegations, and representatives of international development and investment banks. Chad raised more than $ 20 billion at this roundtable.

Energy Charter Secretary General Dr. Urban Rusnák held a number of bilateral meetings with high-level officials from the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) Contracting Parties. During the meeting with Mr Kimmo Tiilikainen, Minister of Housing, Energy and Environment of Finland, he briefed the Minister on the current status of the Energy Charter Process, ongoing modernisation and upcoming 28th session of the Energy Charter Conference in Ashgabat. 

The International Energy Charter contributed to the work of the XI Kazenergy Eurasian Forum held in Astana, Kazakhstan on 7-8 September 2017. The Forum, on the topic of "Securing the future of energy," comes as one of key events of the International Specialized Exhibition EXPO-2017 "The Future of Energy" (Astana, June 10 - September 10, 2017). Energy Charter Secretary General Dr. Urban Rusnák participated in the discussion of the Kazenergy National Energy Report 2017 along with the high-level...

The Western Australian Pilbara Development Commission has presented a pre-feasibility study which evaluates the potential to export solar generated power from the Pilbara to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The 2017 pre-feasibility study - Evaluating the potential to export Pilbara solar resources to the proposed ASEAN grid via a subsea high voltage direct current interconnector - raises the profile of the work and opportunities for renewable energy in Western Australia

The Energy Charter Secretariat took part in the Joint Conference on Northeast Asia Regional Power Interconnection which was held in Irkutsk, Russian Federation, on 29-31 August. The Conference was jointly organised by UN ESCAP, China Electricity Council and Melentiev Energy Systems Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The event brings together key stakeholders of the region, including China, Japan, Mongolia, South Korea and Russian Federation, as well as international organisations such...

The Energy Charter Secretary General welcomed the contribution of Ms Margarita Nieves Zárate from Colombia, a former seconded expert, for reproducing the article published in “Clean Energy - Law and Regulation - Climate Change, Energy Union, and International Governance” edited by Vicente Lopez-Ibor Mayor in 2017. The article “The relevance of the Energy Charter to develop renewable energies in Latin America” reflects the realities of interactions between the Energy Charter Process and Latin...

The International Energy Charter  accepted the joint invitation by the Foreign Affairs Ministers of Japan and Mozambique Mr. Taro Kono and Mr. Oldemiro Júlio Marques Baloi respectively to attend the Tokyo International Conference for African Development (TICAD) held on 24-25 August 2017 in Maputo. The Ministerial Meeting was formally opened by the President of Mozambique Mr Filipe Jacinto Nyusi. TICAD co-organisers were the African Union, the UN, the UNDP and the World Bank.