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Clean Energy Ministerial 2 (CEM2)

6–7 April 2011, Abu Dhabi, UAE


Public-Private Roundtables
Wednesday 6 April 2011

The second Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM2) featured four roundtables that provided a unique opportunity for energy ministers, senior government officials, international business leaders, and experts from nongovernmental organizations to engage in candid dialogue on clean energy issues.

The moderated sessions, co-chaired by ministers and business executives, focused on four themes:

  • Policies supporting the global scale-up of renewable energy
  • Innovative technologies and business models for energy efficiency
  • Cities as drivers of clean energy deployment and sustainable economic growth
  • Regulatory strategies for utility-scale energy efficiency

The objective for the discussions was to identify a small number of specific recommendations for action. Readouts from these discussions were presented at the ministers’ opening session and will help shape initiatives’ work over the coming year.

As follow-up to CEM2, the World Economic Forum, which helped to convene the sessions, prepared a summary report that captures these key recommendations and identifies next steps for advancing the public-private agenda on scaling up clean energy.

Read more: World Economic Forum report: Public-Private Roundtables at the Clean Energy Ministerial Meeting.

Session Details

Policies in Support of the Global Scale-Up of Renewable Energy
8:30 am–10:15 am, Ballroom 3
This roundtable focused on three interconnected topics:

  • Learning from leading renewables policy success stories
  • Technology developments and future prospects to place renewables at the heart of national energy strategies
  • How international collaboration through the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) platform can best accelerate ambitious national renewables development

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Innovative Technologies and Business Models for Energy Efficiency
8:30 am–10:15 am, Ballroom 1
Technological change, innovative business models, and government policy are all critical elements of the push for progress toward greater energy efficiency. This session focused on understanding linkages between activities in these areas and opportunities for synergistic action to accelerate progress.

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Cities as Drivers of Clean Energy Deployment and Sustainable Economic Growth
10:30 am–12:15 pm, Ballroom 3
The CEM has a number of initiatives that are highly relevant to cities—including smart grids, building codes, efficient appliances, and electric vehicle. This roundtable took a comprehensive view of how CEM governments can approach urban energy management.

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Regulatory Strategies to Accelerate Utility-Scale Energy Efficiency
10:30 am–12:15 pm, Ballroom 1
Given their access to capital, existing relationships with end users, familiar brand names, and widespread service networks, regulated utilities are well-positioned to drive energy efficiency progress. But under conventional regulatory systems, utilities have incentives to sell more power, not less. This roundtable explored regulatory approaches that provide appropriate incentives for utilities to promote energy efficiency, and ways that governments can facilitate cooperation among utilities on designing effective utility-delivered energy efficiency programs.

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