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The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released a set of reports on energy transitions in G20 countries, describing progress and challenges along the path towards modernising and diversifying their economies, while improving energy security.

The reports also focus on challenges around energy access, improving air quality, as well as mitigating climate change.

In support of an emphasis on energy transitions, Argentina’s Ministry of Energy and Mines invited the IEA to support the work stream on “Transitioning towards cleaner, more flexible and transparent energy systems”, the core theme of the G20 Energy Ministers meeting in Bariloche in June 2018.

The two technical reports released on Monday by the IEA and the Ministry shed light on progress and challenges of the energy transitions.

In the first report, Energy Transitions in G20 Countries: Energy transitions towards cleaner, more flexible and transparent systemsthe IEA presents a comprehensive tracking of G20 progress on energy transitions, energy access, system integration of variable energy sources and system flexibility, fossil fuel subsidy reforms, energy efficiency as well as related investment and clean energy technologies.

Energy data in G20 countries

The second report, Energy Transitions in G20 countries: Energy data transparency and market digitalization describes how comprehensive energy data is vital to countries to make the best policy and investment decisions on energy.

Measuring energy is getting more complex but the IEA along with partners including IRENA, IEF and OLADE, have all worked together to enhance energy statistics.

Additionally, with the support of the governments of France and Argentina, the IEA is helping to open a new chapter for international collaboration on end-use data, a priority of the G20 Energy Efficiency Action Plan.