Commissioner Arias Cañete in China for G20 energy ministerial and bilateral cooperation

EU Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete will visit China on 29-30 June. During the visit, the Commissioner will announce a new EU-China emissions trading cooperation project in the margins of the EU-China Carbon Market Industry Leaders Forum. Emissions trading is playing an increasingly important role in China, where a nationwide carbon market will be launched in 2017. The new project will build on the existing cooperation project which started in 2014 and has supported the roll-out of seven pilot schemes across the country. Together with the Director of the Chinese National Energy Administration Nur Bekri, the Commissioner is also expected to sign the EU-China energy roadmap laying out further areas of cooperation such as policy planning and design, energy efficiency, renewables, research, technology development and innovation. The roadmap follows the strategic priorities set out in the Joint Communication to the European Parliament and the Council “Elements for a new strategy on China” adopted by the Commission on 22 June. On 30 June, Commissioner Arias Cañete will participate in the G20 energy ministerial meeting in Beijing. This year’s energy ministerial focuses on energy technology innovation, renewable energy, energy efficiency, energy access and the role of the energy system in the implementation of the Paris Agreement. Commission’s assessment of the Paris Agreement is available here. Finally, the Commissioner will also meet with the Turkish Energy Minister Berat Albayrak to discuss closer cooperation in the field of energy policy.