G20 Sustainability Working Group

The Group of 20 (G20) is the premier forum for global economic cooperation.

The Department leads Australia’s membership of the G20 Sustainability Working Group (SWG). This Working Group comprises the G20 Energy Sustainability Working Group (ESWG) and the G20 Climate Sustainability Working Group (CSWG).

The ESWG works to improve international energy governance, promote international energy efficiency and renewable energy collaboration and oversee long term agendas such as the reform of inefficient fossil fuel subsidies.

G20 members account for 75% of global energy demand. By working together, G20 countries are in the best position to establish and agree on global energy priorities.

As 2017 G20 President, Germany established the Climate Sustainability Working Group (CSWG) to consider:

  • instruments for implementation of the Paris Agreement
  • the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
  • long-term pathways to greenhouse gas neutrality
  • the role of multilateral development banks and climate risk insurance

Under Germany’s presidency the G20 ESWG and CSWG worked together to develop the G20 Climate and Energy Action Plan for Growth to promote clean energy, align financial flows and support countries to implement their Paris Agreement commitments.

As President of the G20 in 2014, the Australian Government‘s G20 energy agenda focused on energy efficiency and strengthening energy markets, culminating in the creation and adoption of the G20 Energy Principles and the G20 Energy Efficiency Action Plan (EEAP).

In 2015 under Turkey’s Presidency, G20 countries worked together to produce the Energy Access Action Plan in Sub-Saharan Africa and the G20 Toolkit for Renewable Energy deployment.

China as the 2016 G20 Presidents built upon the EEAP and developed a long term plan for energy efficiency—the G20 Energy Efficiency Leading Programme. They also expanded Turkey’s Energy Access agenda to develop a G20 Energy Access Action Plan for the Asia-Pacific.

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