The United States hosted the seventh Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM7) in San Francisco, California, on June 1–2, 2016. Energy ministers and other high-level delegates from 23 countries and the European Union announced new commitments to expand clean energy deployment and cut global carbon emissions while driving economic growth.
CEM members, representing 90 percent of global clean energy investment and 75 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, agreed to launch an enhanced effort – called “CEM 2.0” – to increase its effectiveness by creating an international secretariat to support CEM initiatives.
In addition, CEM members, nearly 60 companies and non-governmental organizations, and 10 subnational governments announced more than $1.5 billion in commitments to accelerate the deployment of clean energy technologies and increase energy access. CEM ministers launched three new, high-impact campaigns that will promote the procurement of electricity from renewable energy, commercial and industrial energy efficiency, and advanced cooling technologies. Learn more about these new campaigns: Corporate Sourcing of Renewables, Energy Management Campaign, and Advanced Cooling Challenge. The campaigns will catalyze public and private actions around these critical opportunities areas and work to raise ambition, increase visibility, and target resources for high impact.
New commitments were also announced for efforts initiated at CEM6 and COP21. These commitments will advance super-efficient lighting through the Global Lighting Challenge, help transform power systems for the 21st century through the Power System Challenge, improve energy access through the Efficiency for Access Coalition, and enhance the deployment of clean energy policy expertise through the Scaled Up Clean Energy Solutions Center.
Many of these announcements were made during the CEM7 Public-Private Action Summit on June 2, which was webcast live. Ministers, business leaders, and others made major clean energy commitments and announcements, including support of the new CEM campaigns. Prominent global clean energy reports were also released. The day featured keynote speeches, panel discussions, and fireside chats with global clean energy luminaries.
CEM7 also featured a Startups and Solutions Technology Showcase held in San Francisco’s Union Square. The Showcase featured around 100 innovative companies and organizations from six continents demonstrating the breakthrough technologies that will advance the clean energy sector and worldwide economy for years to come.
Four public-private roundtable discussions provided an opportunity for ministers, global business leaders, and experts from other organizations to bring their knowledge, expertise, and perspective to particularly topical clean energy issues and challenges: Innovative Mechanisms and Strategies for Investment in Energy Efficiency, Facilitating Corporate Sourcing of Clean Energy, Government Procurement and Demonstration of Clean Technology, and Next Generation Wind and Solar Power – Getting Markets and Policies Right.
The week of CEM7 also included other clean energy-focused events such the Clean Energy Education & Empowerment (C3E) Symposium on Women in Clean Energy, EnergyAccessX, and Power System Transformation.
Hosted by U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, the meeting included, among others, Maroš Šefčovič, the European Union’s Vice President for Energy Union; Carlos Moedas, the EU’s Commissioner for Research, Science, and Innovation; James Carr, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources; Pedro Joaquín Coldwell, Mexico’s Secretary of Energy; Motoo Hayashi, Japan’s Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry; Harsh Vardhan, India’s Minister of Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Tord Lien, Norway’s Minister of Petroleum and Energy, and Yin Hejun, China’s Vice Minister of Science and Technology. In a video address, President Obama welcomed participants to CEM7. A letter from China’s President Xi then invited participants to China for next year’s CEM meeting (CEM8). The European Union announced that, in cooperation with a member state, they will host CEM9 in 2018.
Speakers and panelists over the two day Ministerial included California Governor Jerry Brown, Apple Vice President Lisa Jackson, EDF RE CEO Tristan Grimbert, PG&E President and CEO Tony Earley, Jr., XPRIZE Foundation Principal Paul Bunje, former U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz, University of California President Janet Napolitano, Fatih Birol, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency, Michael Liebreich, Advisory Board Chairman of Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF).