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In 2013 the G20 energy experts will meet in the format of Energy Sustainability Working Group (ESWG) that integrates a number of earlier G20 activities including Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency working group and Global Marine Environment Protection initiative.

The ESWG will report directly to Sherpas and Ministers of Finance. In this regard the reports on the outcomes of work will be presented to both G20 tracks.

The Energy Sustainability Working Group is co-chaired by Russian Federation and the United Kingdom with assistance from a number of countries that volunteered to co-facilitate particular issues of the ESWG agenda. The meetings of the group will be attended by experts from all the G20 members as well as representatives of a number of international organizations involved in the relevant activities, such as the International Energy Forum (IEF) and the International Energy Agency (IEA), as well as the World Bank, the IMF and the OECD.

This year the ESWG discussion will encompass four major work strands aimed at full implementation of the existing commitments and tasks requested by the G20 leaders, as well as the priorities emphasized by the Russian G20 Presidency, namely:

- making energy and commodity markets more transparent and, potentially, more predictable;
- promoting energy efficiency, sustainable development and inclusive green growth;
- sound regulation for energy infrastructure;
- ensuring global protection for marine environment.