Meeting in Brussels today, the EU-U.S. Energy Council discussed co-operation to enhance energy security through the diversification of gas and oil supply sources and routes, regulatory policies that encourage efficient and sustainable use of energy, carbon emissions reduction, and the deployment and storage of zero-emission sources, such as wind, solar and ocean energy.
Speaking at the start of the meeting, EU High Representative Catherine Ashton said the EU-U.S. Energy Council has helped both the EU and the United States to shape policy and to respond to energy and climate change challenges.
“We know that we need stable and transparent global energy markets if we are to ensure energy security,” she said. “But we must also work together on the long-term challenge of laying the foundations for the efficient and sustainable use of energy. In particular, that means looking at clean energy, so that we can create economic growth and jobs, and address the challenge of climate change.”
High Representative Ashton chaired the meeting with EU Commissioner for Energy Günther Oettinger, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman.
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