Commissioners Simson and Sinkevičius attend G7 Ministers’ Meeting on Climate, Energy and Environment
From 14 to 17 April, Commissioner for Energy, Kadri Simson, and Commissioner for Environment, Virginijus Sinkevičius, will travel to the G7 Ministerial Meeting on Climate, Energy and Environment, taking place in Sapporo, Japan. The College members will also participate in several other meetings in Japan on this occasion.
Commissioner Sinkevičius will meet on Friday, in Tokyo, with METI State Minister of Japan, Shinichi Nakatani. He will also host an event on batteries at the EU Delegation to Japan with industry stakeholders. He will then participate in the welcome dinner for G7 Ministers in Sapporo on behalf of the Commission later that evening.
The G7 starts with a Plenary Meeting of the Climate, Energy and Environment Ministers on Saturday morning. A meeting of Environment Ministers in the afternoon will focus on the implementation of the Global Biodiversity Framework agreed at COP15 last year, and the themes of circular economy, resource efficiency and pollution. The subsequent meeting of Climate and Energy Ministers will look ahead to COP28 and the next steps in implementing the Paris Agreement. They will notably discuss the first Global Stocktake under the Paris Agreement, the clean energy transition, energy security, and climate change preparedness and resilience. A second Plenary Meeting of the Climate, Energy and Environment Ministers will take place on Sunday, with the objective of concluding with the adoption of a Ministerial Communiqué.
In addition to the formal G7 programme, Commissioner Simson will meet bilaterally with: Minister of Natural Resources of Canada, Jonathan Wilkinson; US Secretary for Energy, Jennifer Granholm; and METI Minister of Japan, Yasutoshi Nishimura. On Sunday, she will visit a Liquefied Hydrogen Carrier, Suiso Frontier, at Otaru Port.
In Sapporo, Commissioner Sinkevičius will meet bilaterally with: UK Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Therese Coffey; Minister of Natural Resources of Canada, Steven Guilbeault; US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, John Kerry. On Monday, in Tokyo, the Commissioner will host an event on plastics at the EU Delegation, and he will also meet bilaterally with METI Minister of Japan, Yasutoshi Nishimura.