The International Energy Charter, represented by Sarah Keay-Bright, participated in the G20 Energy Sustainability Working Group (ESWG) and the G20 Sustainability Working Group (SWG) discussions, held on 22-23 March 2017, in Berlin. Discussions centred around the development of an action plan on climate and energy for growth. The German Presidency of the G20 led the discussions with the objective of achieving agreement on areas for G20 cooperation and action in relation to accelerating the energy transition in ways that are cost-efficient while supporting objectives such as energy security, innovation, competitiveness, environmental protection, economic growth and job creation. Discussions paid particular attention to the development and implementation of investment frameworks that could deliver these objectives, including implementation of nationally determined contributions associated with the UNFCCC Paris Agreement and the United Nations (UN) 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.
The working group meetings were held immediately following the annual Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue (BETD) ministerial conference, held 20-21 March, which was also located in Berlin. The high-level conference - hosted by the German Federal Government in cooperation with the Renewable Energy Federation (BEE), the German Solar Association (BSW-Solar), the German Energy Agency (dena) and eclareon – convened Ministers and key international decision makers in foreign energy and energy policy, industry, science and civil society as well as foremost energy experts from all over the world. The International Energy Charter engaged in the conference discussions that were focused on how to successfully align the energy system with the targets of the Paris Climate Agreement and the UN development goals of Agenda 2030 in a cost efficient way and how to set the right framework to enable timely and sufficient investments into energy efficiency and renewable energy.