NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed the Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA) Dr Fatih Birol to NATO Headquarters on Tuesday (28 September 2021) to discuss topics of mutual interest to both organizations. These included climate change and security, energy security, and the clean energy transition, as well as strengthening cooperation between NATO and the IEA.
This year, both NATO and the IEA have taken major steps to address climate change. At the Summit in June, NATO leaders agreed the Alliance’s first Climate Change and Security Action Plan, incorporating climate change into the full spectrum of NATO’s work. At the same time, the IEA took the lead in guiding the way forward on energy policies, which can lead to net zero carbon emissions.
The Secretary General welcomed the increasing cooperation between NATO and the IEA. The global transition to clean energy makes closer ties even more important.