Chair’s Summary for IEA Clean Energy Transitions Summit

At the first-ever IEA Clean Energy Transitions Summit, Ministers representing over 80% of the global economy discussed how to achieve a definitive peak in global carbon dioxide emissions and put the world on course for a sustainable and resilient recovery. A grand coalition of Ministers, CEOs, investors and other key leaders gathered at the International Energy Agency (IEA) Clean Energy Transitions Summit on 9 July 2020. The virtual meeting was chaired by IEA Executive Director Dr Fatih Birol and brought together Ministers representing 80% of global energy consumption and carbon emissions. In the Summit’s High-Level Panel on Accelerating Clean Energy Technology Innovation, cochaired by Minister Bru of Norway and Minister Jobet of Chile, participants commended the new Energy Technology Perspectives Special Report on Clean Energy Innovation, which shows the vital importance of innovation for meeting shared energy and climate goals. Participants drew upon the IEA’s five key innovation principles and discussed how to scale up critical emerging technologies like batteries; hydrogen; carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS); and bioenergy.