Consensus reached at G20 energy ministerial meeting

At the end of the G20 Meeting of Energy Ministers, representatives of the troika (Germany, Argentina and Japan) announced that consensus had been reached and a communiqué agreed upon. The G20 affirmed the group’s commitment to energy transitions that move towards cleaner, more flexible and transparent systems. 

The G20 energy ministers met on 14 and 15 June in the Patagonian city of San Carlos de Bariloche. During the sessions, ministers and representatives of member and invited countries, as well as international organizations, focused on energy transitions, including issues such as access to energy in Latin America and the Caribbean, transparency of information in the energy sector and the gradual reduction of inefficient energy subsidies.

At a press conference after the meeting, the three ministers who make up the current G20 troika - Juan José Aranguren, Argentina’s Minister of Energy and Mining; Thorsten Herdan, Germany’s Director General of Energy Policy; and Yoji Muto, Japan’s State Minister of Economy - announced that after several months of work and two days of negotiations, a communiqué had been reached by consensus.

“We recognize the crucial role of energy in helping shape our shared future, within different national circumstances,” said Minister Aranguren, “as well as the need for persistent actions to address global challenges, including climate change and energy security. We recognize that energy transitions are essential for the development of long-term strategies that combine economic growth and the reduction of greenhouse gases.”

In the communiqué, the approach proposed by Argentina recognizes that countries have different possible pathways to achieve cleaner energy systems, while promoting sustainability, resilience and energy security. Argentina also recognizes that each G20 member country, according to its stage of development, has a unique and diverse energy system as a starting point, with different energy resources, demand dynamics, technologies, stock of capital, geographies and cultures.

Germany’s Director General of Energy, Thorsten Herdan, whose government held the G20 presidency in 2017, praised the work of the Argentine G20 presidency. “I want to congratulate you for your leadership, not only these two days but over the whole presidency, that has come to where we are right now, a communiqué adopted by all G20 members. You should be very proud of this, because it was under your leadership,” he said.

"We would like to continue building on this achievement next year and have deeper discussions on the role of innovation in energy transitions,” stated Japanese Minister Muto, whose government will hold the G20 presidency in 2019.

“Now we have to move from consensus to action,” concluded Minister Aranguren.