Energy Ministers gathered for the third Clean Energy Ministerial meeting on 25-26 April 2012, in London, UK, to discuss progress toward clean energy goals.
The Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) is a high-level global forum to promote policies and programs that advance clean energy technology, to share lessons learned and best practices, and to encourage the transition to a global clean energy economy. Secretary Chu convened the first annual ministerial meeting, CEM1, in Washington, DC, in July 2010; CEM2 was hosted by the United Arab Emirates in April 2011; and CEM3 was hosted by the UK in London in April 2012. The Indian government will host CEM4 in 2013 and Korea will host CEM5 in 2014.
The 23 governments participating in CEM meetings and initiatives are Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, the European Commission, Finland, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Norway, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
The CEM is focused on three global climate and energy policy goals:
- Improve energy efficiency worldwide
- Enhance clean energy supply
- Expand clean energy access
Work is organized around 13 action-driven, transformative clean energy initiatives led by like-minded governments. These initiatives build on Technology Action Plans that were released by the Major Economies Forum Global Partnership in December 2009, which laid out best practice blueprints for action in key technology areas.
Three energy efficiency initiatives address electric vehicles, buildings & industrial efficiency, and appliance super-efficiency. Four clean energy supply initiatives work to expand bioenergy, sustainable hydropower, solar & wind, and carbon capture. Six crosscutting initiatives address clean energy best practices, smart policies, women in clean energy, smart grids, sustainable cities, and energy access for the approximately 1.6 billion people who lack access to grid-supplied electricity.
In addition to ministerial meetings and initiatives, public-private roundtable dialogues are convened to spur development and implementation of effective, sustainable clean energy policies and solutions.
For more information, please visit www.cleanenergyministerial.org