G7 energy summit, no joint declaration

G7 energy summit, no joint declaration

Simona Manna
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America's urge to review its climate policies and its request for time to do so has stalled any joint declaration

The G7 Rome energy summit concluded without a joint declaration. This was announced in a final press conference by Italian Minister of Economic Development Carlo Calenda, who explained: ''it turned out to be impossible to sign a joint final declaration since no statement could have been made that included all the issues on the agenda." As Calenda explained - the delay in the joint declaration is due to ''the US, that has to review its climate policies and that has therefore asked for time to do so''.

The new Trump administration at the negotiating table

Calenda however assured that the dialogue with the US had been fruitful. ''We had a constructive debate with the US administration'', he explained, adding that many issues were covered, including security of supply''. As to the US taking time the minister stated: "We respect the fact that the American administration is re-analysing its climate policy''.

The topics discussed at the summit

Discussion of the commitments to fight climate change was the prime issue on the G7 energy agenda. Calenda said that ''all European Union countries are as ever strongly committed towards the implementation of the Paris agreement''. Energy security was discussed, for which the cooperation among countries, and the promotion of diversification was confirmed. An agreement to continue to support the security of gas supply through diversification of sources and routes was also confirmed, and the opening of new pipeline interconnections and new gas corridors was viewed favourably. The agenda also included issues regarding cybersecurity in the energy sector, electricity, the integration of renewable energy and the acceleration of access to energy in Africa. Minister Calenda also addressed the issue of the TAP Trans Adriatic Pipeline. ''The point where it comes ashore will not be changed - the minister confirmed - doing so would be like reneging on the operation, which is important for the energy security of our country''.

Agreement for Ukraine gas network

Ukraine was one of the themes of the summit: ''It has made significant progress in diversifying energy supplies and made some progress with regard to energy reforms'', ​​explained Calenda, but ''we have encouraged them to implement energy reform''. Still on the sidelines of the G7 energy summit, a memorandum of understanding was signed between Snam, the Slovak company Eurostream and Ukrainian Naftogaz and Ukrtransgaz, ''aimed at jointly evaluating opportunities for collaboration in the management and modernization of Ukraine's gas network''. The agreement was signed in the presence of the European Commissioner for Climate and Energy, Miguel Anguel Cañete, The Italian Minister of Economic Development Carlo Calenda and the Ukrainian Energy Minister, Ihor Nasalyk. The memorandum aims to ''support the reliability of the transmission of natural gas in Ukraine, in line with EU market standards, ensuring the safe and efficient management of the Ukrainian gas transport system''.