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First-Ever Meeting of Quad Energy Ministers

14 July 2022
apan's Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Koichi Hagiuda (far L) and other ministers from the quad group that also includes Australia, India and the United States pose for a commemorative photo in Sydney on July 13, 2022.

On Wednesday, 13 July 2022, Australia Minister for Climate Change and Clean Energy Chris Bowen chaired the first ever meeting of Quad Energy Ministers in Sydney.

Minister Bowen was joined by US Secretary Jennifer Granholm, India Minister of Power and New and Renewable Energy RK Singh, and Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade, and Industry Koichi Hagiuda.

At this meeting, Ministers from Quad countries discussed progress under the Quad Clean Energy Innovation and Deployment work program, including on clean energy supply chains, cooperation to minimise methane emissions in the natural gas sector and developing clean hydrogen and fuel ammonia. 

Ministers affirmed their shared commitment to accelerate the development and deployment of the zero emissions technologies necessary to drive a clean energy transition, recognising not only that a clean energy future will advance prosperity across the Indo-Pacific and beyond, but will also mitigate against energy supply disruptions. 

Ministers noted the significant bilateral agreements between Quad countries on hydrogen and fuel ammonia, which align with the Quad work program, and agreed that the goals of these bilateral partnerships would be furthered if hydrogen production costs are rapidly driven down, welcoming the efforts of Quad members in this regard. Among these four countries, the volume of low emissions hydrogen in the market could exceed 25 million tons by 2030 in line with the International Energy Agency’s global roadmap to net zero by 2050.

BACKGROUND
The Quad, officially the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, is a group of four countries: Australia, the United States, India, and Japan. This partnership of major Indo-Pacific democracies is growing in importance. Following the 2022 Quad Leaders’ Toyko Summit, the leaders issued a joint statement that: “Recognising the urgent need to address climate change as emphasised in the latest IPCC reports, we will steadfastly implement the Paris Agreement and deliver on the outcomes of COP26, accelerating our efforts to raise global ambition, including reaching out to key stakeholders in the Indo-Pacific region and supporting, strengthening, and enhancing climate actions by partners in the region including through mobilising climate finance, both public and private, and facilitating the research, development, and deployment of innovative technology.”