IEA Executive Director Dr Fatih Birol met recently in Athens with the Greek Minister for Environment and Energy, George Stathakis, to discuss the energy sector transition and the outlook of global energy markets. Minister Stathakis shared the good progress Greece has made in increasing the share of renewables in the power sector and highlighted the importance accorded to energy efficiency and the positive impact it can have on overall economic development.
Dr Birol agreed with minister Stathakis that the IEA will conduct its regular 5-year in-depth review of the energy policy of Greece in 2017. The review will assess all of the energy policies of Greece, including those that are relevant for energy security of the country, and its ambition to reduce the carbon footprint of its energy sector. It will therefore have a special focus on renewable energy and energy efficiency. The report is scheduled to be published in the fall of 2017. Dr Birol confirmed that the IEA stands ready to offer its expertise and international best practice to support ongoing energy sector reforms and was pleased to receive Minister’s Stathakis confirmation of his participation in the November 2017 IEA Ministerial Meeting in Paris.