At the Gleneagles (2005) and the St.Petersburg (2006) Summits, the Group of Eight (G8) industrialised countries emphasised the need for global cooperation in the field of energy efficiency. At the rd G8 summit at Heiligendamm in June 2007, the G8 approved an EU proposal for an international initiative on energy efficiency and decided to explore the most efficient way to promote energy efficiency worldwide, jointly with the International Energy Agency (IEA).

Since its creation by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in 1974, the IEA has promoted energy-efficiency. However, its members are all developed countries. The growing economic interdependence amongst nations, the increasingly globalised energy market and the environmental issues affecting every country make the idea of a worldwide forum particularly relevant. IPEEC provides exactly such a forum that opens up a dialogue on energy, economic and environment issues amongst developed and developing nations, including in the private sector.

One year after the Heiligendamm Summit, on 8 June 2008, in Aomori, at the Energy Ministerial meeting hosted by Japan during its G8 Presidency, the Energy Ministers from the G8 countries and from China, India, South Korea and the European Community agreed to establish the (IPEEC). In the Aomori Declaration, signed on June 8, 2008, the energy ministers acknowledged that "all countries , both developed and developing, share common interests for improving their energy efficiency performance", and that "developed countries need to play an important role in co-operation with developing countries, accelerating dissemination and transfer of best practices and efficient technologies". On 24 May, 2009 in Rome, the G8 members, together with China, South Korea, Brazil and Me , signed the IPEEC Terms of Reference, resulting in the official establishment of IPEEC. That same day, the representatives of these countries also signed the Memorandum asking the IEA to host the IPEEC Secretariat. Subsequently, Australia, the European Union and India have also become a member of IPEEC.

The 9th meeting of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Energy Ministers in Japan in 2010 resulted in the Fukui Declaration that supported IPEEC’s goal by stating that "improving energy efficiency is one of the quickest, greenest and most cost-effective ways to address energy security, economic growth and climate change challenges at the same time".


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