This meeting, which took place at the Iranian Mission to the European Union in Brussels, served as a means of further strengthen ties between the Energy Charter Secretariat and Iran. During the meeting, discussion focused on Iran’s prevailing energy policy priorities, including the country’s potential in the renewable energy sector, pursuit of a nuclear energy program for peaceful purposes, as well as the role of energy efficiency in Iran’s energy landscape. Iran’s efforts to promote policies moving the country from reliance upon conventional (ie, fossil) energy sources to alternative sources of energy was also noted. It is expected that substantial electricity generating capacity will be powered by renewable (solar, wind) energy sources in Iran in the years ahead.
The Secretary General expressed his firm support for Iran’s active engagement of the fast moving process of the International Energy Charter, including the Iranian government’s ongoing cooperation initiatives with the Secretariat. These include expert-level forums on regional electricity cooperation in Iran’s neighbourhood, secondments of Iranian officials to the Energy Charter Secretariat in Brussels, and the prospect of the co-hosting of the Iran International Energy Conference in early 2018. The Energy Charter could also prove to be a useful, intergovernmental platform for the development of less formal processes of energy diplomacies between respective foreign ministry officials, in an effort to build bridges between energy producers, consumers and transit states. Iran has a major stake in such processes. The country signed the International Energy Charter in November 2016 in Tokyo, Japan. A delegation of officials from the Energy Charter Secretariat conducted an official visit to Iran in April (2017). Dr Rusnák, likewise reinforced the invitation extended to Iran to participate in the 28th Annual Meeting of the Energy Charter Conference, which is due to take place in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, under the auspices of the Turkmenistan Chairmanship of the Conference, in November this year.