Energy diplomacy: Commissioner Arias Cañete to attend the first-ever G20 Energy Ministerial meeting in Istanbul

European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete will attend the G20 Energy Ministerial meeting on 2 October which takes place in Istanbul, Turkey, for the first time ever. The meeting will focus on sustainable energy access, energy efficiency and renewable energy. Ministers will also discuss energy investments in light of current market conditions. G20 Energy Ministers are expected to adopt a toolkit of voluntary options for long-term, integrated and sustainable approach towards accelerated renewable energy deployment. In the margins, Commissioner Arias Cañete will meet Mr Ali Rıza Alaboyun, Turkish Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Mr Ernest Moniz, United States Secretary of Energy, Mr Josh Frydenberg, Australian Minister for Resources, Energy and Northern Australia and Mr Ali bin Ibrahim Al-Naimi, Saudi Arabian Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources. As G20 countries host 80% of existing renewable electricity capacity around the world and hold 75% of total global deployment potential, they play a key role in mitigating climate change. The G20 Ministerial meeting will be held back-to back with the G20 Conference on Energy Access in Sub-Saharan Africa, which takes place on 1 October. Today, more than 1.1 billion people live without access to electricity and the G20 plans to substantially contribute to ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. For more information please consult the website of G20.