G8 heads of government have set up a Renewable Energy Taskforce to increase the use of renewables in developing countries. At their summit in Okinawa in July, G8 leaders agreed to set up the taskforce to identify the barriers to increasing renewable energy supply and distribution. The goal is to prepare firm recommendations for a step change in the level of renewables. The taskforce will have a small core group of business and government representatives, but from the start will involve developing countries, Non Government Organisations, international finance institutions and energy experts. It is to be co-chaired by Sir Mark Moody-Stuart, Chairman of the Royal Dutch/Shell Group, who will be the industry chair and Dr Corrado Clini, director general of the Italian Environment Ministry.