Sumario: 7 September 2007, Brussels - European Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs and Mogens Peter Carl, Director-General for Environment, will represent the Commission at the third ministerial meeting of the Gleneagles Dialogue on climate change, clean energy and sustainable development in Berlin on 9-11 September.
Launched at the G-8 summit in Gleneagles, Scotland in 2005, the Dialogue brings together 20 countries with major energy needs - including the G-8 nations and the major emerging economies of Brazil, China, India, Mexico and South Africa - to discuss innovative ideas to tackle climate change. The Dialogue also monitors the implementation of the Gleneagles Plan of Action on climate change, clean energy and sustainable development. Ministers for energy and the environment from the 20 countries
will take part in the Berlin meeting, which the Commission is hoping will help to build support for the start of negotiations on a United Nations agreement on global action to tackle climate change post-2012.
The EU is pressing for an agreement to launch these negotiations to be reached at the next UN climate change conference in December 2007 in Bali, Indonesia. In his speech, Commissioner Piebalgs will launch a new Platform for International Cooperation on Energy Efficiency, in accordance with the European Council Conclusions of March 2007. This platform would be a supplementary and complementary instrument to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change process. The main goal of the Platform would be to help in reaching the goals of the Gleneagles Action Plan, namely, to support the development of clean technologies, and to help develop a stable and transparent format for large-scale private sector investment. The Platform would also provide a new model for cooperation between developed and developing countries around the Globe. The idea behind this Platform is to offer a new Global Forum for systematic cooperation among the States, regions, mega-cities and other public entities that have considerable energy consumption levels.