Germany reiterates G20 climate focus at energy transition conference
Germany aims to use a large international energy conference in Berlin to inject fresh momentum and ideas into the G20 process in the run up to the Hamburg summit in July. "We want to use our G20 presidency this year to find a common position for all G20 countries to contribute to the long-term decarbonisation of the energy sector," foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel told more than 1,000 high-ranking guests from about 90 countries, including ministers from G20 nations China and Argentina, at the third Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue. The two-day conference on the future of a "global Energiewende" opened with speeches by solar flight pioneer Bertrand Piccard, International Energy Agency (IEA) director Fatih Birol and International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) director Adnan Amin.
For background read the CLEW article IEA director calls on Germany to lead on climate during G20 presidency.
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