On 29 and 30 April 2017 Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete was in Tehran to strengthen energy and climate ties with Iran. On 29 April, he kicked off the first-ever Iran-EU Business Forum on Sustainable Energy. The Forum gathered more than 50 European companies and business associations and some 40 Iranian energy companies to enable business relations and partnerships between Iran and the EU and lay the ground for further cooperation and joint partnerships in the energy sector. It provided a platform for investors and businesses to look into investment opportunities for clean energy, renewables, energy efficiency and energy conservation actions in Iran.
On 30 April, Commissioner Arias Cañete opened the High-Level Conference on Climate Change, which brought together Iranian and European policy-makers as well as representatives from International organisations. The aim was to review progress within the Paris Agreement and discuss the role of clean energy in the transition to a low-carbon economy and urgent actions needed to adapt to the consequences of climate change.
Ahead of the visit Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete said:
Only 16 months after the historic nuclear deal was signed in January 2016, trade between the EU and Iran has risen by 79%, exports from Iran to the EU have increased by 450%, and we have established a dynamic energy partnership. Now we want to take this success story one step further. The energy sector will feature prominently in our future relations and we are committed to fully tap into its economic and social potential while contributing to achieve our climate commitments.
The Commissioner also met Vice-President of Iran and Head of the Atomic Energy Organization Salehi, Vice-President of Iran and Head of Environmental Protection Organization Ebtekar, the Minister of Petroleum Zanganeh and Minister for Energy Chitchian. Following the conclusion and implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the EU and Iran have resumed bilateral relations and launched cooperation in energy (Joint Statement on Energy and Joint Statement on Nuclear Energy Cooperation ).