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Executive Director holds bilateral meeting with Austrian Minister Gewessler in Vienna

06 May 2022

IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol met today in Vienna with Austrian Federal Minister for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology Leonore Gewessler to discuss the situation in European and global energy markets.

Their conversation covered efforts by Europe and particularly Austria to phase out Russian oil and natural gas supplies while at the same time strengthening energy security and working to achieve climate targets. They specifically discussed the recent decision by the Austrian government to phase out Russian gas by 2027, to boost domestic production of energy including biomethane, and to support more energy efficiency and greater deployment of renewables and green hydrogen.

The Executive Director and Minister Gewessler then held a joint press conference that was broadcast on Austrian television.