Irish-French energy agreements reached in Paris
19 November 2015
Two bilateral agreements signed in Paris at the International Energy Agency biannual ministerial meeting mark the strengthening of ties and growing co-operation between Ireland and France in the field of energy efficiency, renewable energy and energy security.
This follows the successful development of the Ireland-France roadmap including the establishment of the Ireland France Sustainable Energy Forum which was agreed by French Prime Minister Valls and the Taoiseach in May 2015. The roadmap identifies areas for collaboration in the energy sectors role in the transition to a low carbon future.
In the context of the Ireland France roadmap the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland and the French Agency for Environment and Energy Management signed an interagency agreement providing for co-operation in the areas of renewable energy, and marine energy in particular, smart grids and energy efficiency.
Minister for Energy Alex White and his French counterpart Ségolène Royal signed a bilateral agreement on the reciprocal holding of emergency stocks of crude oil and petroleum products. The new agreement with France gives additional flexibility to Ireland’s National Oil Reserves Agency, which manages these stocks.
Minister White said: “These two agreements build on existing co-operation between Ireland and France in energy security. They also mark a deepening of our partnership on energy efficiency and renewable technology, in particular in the area of marine energy and smart grids.”