Commissioner for Energy and Climate Action Miguel Arias Cañete was in Rome from 9-10 April 2017 to represent the European Union at the G7 Energy Ministerial. This meeting focused on energy security, including cybersecurity, natural gas and Ukraine; and on the new energy drivers such as renewables energy, sustainable alternatives fuels, energy efficiency and innovation in clean technologies. It was part of the preparations for the gathering of the G7 leaders in Taormina, Sicily, on 26-27 May.
In the margins of the G7 Ministerial, Commissioner Arias Cañete held bilateral meetings with the US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry and the Canadian Minister of Natural Resources Jim Carr.
After the meeting, Commissioner Arias Cañete said:
The G7 energy ministerial has been a useful opportunity to discuss key pressing energy challenges and opportunities amongst like-minded economies. Consensus was reached on a number of issues such our continued efforts to support energy security in Ukraine, innovative energy technologies, and the importance of addressing cybersecurity in the energy sector.
While Secretary Perry informed us that the US is currently reviewing its energy and climate policies, I was particularly pleased to see that all others joined the EU in reaffirming our solid commitment and determination to implement the Paris Agreement and continue the clean energy transition. We see climate action and the clean energy transition for what it is: a driver of jobs and economic growth, a moral imperative and a promise for a better future.
Europe will continue to work with all its partners to reap all the benefits of the clean energy transition in line with the objectives of the historic Paris Agreement.
A member of G7 since 1977, the EU is fully committed to developing a European Energy Union in line with the Paris Agreement to combat climate change. As part of this, last November the European Commission presented a ‘Clean Energy for All Europeans’ package in order to foster investments, unlock Europe’s growth potential and create jobs as the clean energy transition is changing global energy markets.