International Climate and Energy Summit in Madrid builds momentum behind efforts to reach 1.5 °C goal
(IEA Newsroom, 2 Oct 2023) Ministers from around the world take part in high-level event co-hosted by Spain and IEA with aim of strengthening ambition and implementation ahead of COP28 in Dubai.
Ministers and senior officials from close to 40 countries around the world joined heads of international organisations and representatives from industry, civil society and youth organisations in Madrid on Monday for the International Climate and Energy Summit. Co-hosted by the Government of Spain, which currently holds the Presidency of the European Union, and the International Energy Agency, the Summit sought to build a broad coalition behind efforts to keep the Paris Agreement goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 °C within reach.
Under co-chairs Vice President Teresa Ribera of the Government of Spain and IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol, the Summit opened with statements from UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and COP28 President-Designate Sultan Al Jaber. It focused on strengthening support for actions to scale up clean energy and reduce demand for fossil fuels ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP28) in order to meet the commitments of the Paris Agreement.