Transition to renewables in power generation, transport, heating and cooling: modern challenges and trends” was discussed at the Baku International Energy Charter Forum which was held on 28 October 2020 by the means of a videoconference. The Forum was jointly organized by the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Energy Charter Secretariat. Over 180 participants, including high-level government officials and leading experts from 40 countries, international organisations, energy companies, academia as well as mass media, took part in the event.
The Forum participants were welcomed by the Chair of the Energy Charter Conference HE Parviz Shahbazov, Minister of Energy of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Dr. Urban Rusnák, the Secretary-General of the International Energy Charter, and Ms. Cristina Lobillo Borrero, Director of Energy Policy, Directorate-General for Energy of the European Commission. High-level officials from Albania, Romania, the United Kingdom, Ukraine, Iran, Economic Cooperation Organization and the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation further elaborated on the common benefits of accelerating energy transition worldwide.
The Forum addressed the topics of clean energy transition and sustainable energy in two main sessions. Reputable experts from Austria, Azerbaijan, Japan, IRENA, SolarPower Europe, Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency and the International Energy Charter shared best practices and lessons learnt on integration of renewable energy sources and promotion of energy efficiency measures. The event was concluded by the remarks from the Vice-Chair of the Energy Charter Conference Mr. Samir Valiyev, Deputy Minister of Energy of the Republic of Azerbaijan.