Green Deal Diplomacy: Commission participates in Net Zero Summit and joins forces with the International Energy Agency to expand the net zero movement

Tomorrow, Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans and Commissioner Kadri Simson will attend the Net Zero Summit co-hosted by Mr Fatih Birol, the Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA) and Mr Alok Sharma, COP26 President, as part of the Commission’s climate and energy diplomacy. The Summit will bring together representatives from energy and climate ministries from more than 40 countries. Participants will discuss the essential contribution of the energy sector to achieving a climate neutral economy with net-zero greenhouse gas emissions and focus on the implementation actions necessary to turn the growing number of net zero goals into reality. Today, ahead of the summit, the Commission and the IEA agreed to join forces to expand the net zero movement of governments and companies committed to help deliver the energy sector’s contribution to achieving net-zero economies and clean energy access in regions suffering from energy poverty. They will provide instruments of cooperation to feed into the UN High Level Energy Dialogue and COP26. A joint statement by the Commission and the IEA is available online.