Energy ministers discuss transition towards cleaner and more flexible systems

Delegates from the G20 member and guest countries will meet on 14 and 15 June in Bariloche to discuss issues such as renewable energies and energy efficiency.

The G20 leaders in energy policy will travel this week to Bariloche, in Argentine Patagonia, for the G20 Meeting of Energy Ministers.

The fourth ministerial meeting in 2018 Argentina’s G20 presidency, which will take place on 14 and 15 June, will convene delegates from G20 member and guest countries, as well as international organizations, to discuss public policies to help promote transitions towards more flexible, more transparent and cleaner energy systems.

Under this premise, delegates will address the strengthening of renewable energy systems and energy efficiency, access to energy in Latin America and the Caribbean, the lowering of inefficient subsidies to fossil fuels, the transparency of energy data and the digitalization of energy markets.

They will work as well on one of the largest group consensus, the concept of a behavioural change, sponsored by Argentina’s G20 presidency. Individual and extensive implementation of healthy consumption habits may lead to multiple benefits, from reducing greenhouse gases emissions and achieving greater energy safety to lower electricity bills and higher competitiveness in the manufacturing and service sectors.

The meeting, which will be held at the Llao Llao Hotel & Resort after the second G20 Energy Transitions Working Group meeting, will begin on 14 June with a site visit to INVAP and an official dinner, and will continue on 15 June with the working plenary sessions and dissertations by keynote speakers that work in the industry and in energy international organizations.

Once the meeting —which will be held behind closed doors— concludes, there will be a press conference led by the G20 troika, made up by the country currently presiding the G20, the country that organized the forum in 2017 and the country chairing the G20 next year. The press conference will be live broadcasted by the G20 YouTube channel. 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, Trade and Industry, will brief on the meeting’s highlights.

In turn, energy ministers will make public a communiqué on the main conclusions of the meeting, upon which the recommendations that will be submitted at the Leaders Summit will be based.