The United States will host the seventh Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM7) in San Francisco, California, on June 1–2, 2016. The annual meeting of energy ministers and other high-level delegates from the 23 CEM member countries and the European Commission will provide an opportunity for the major economies to collaborate on solutions that advance clean energy globally and demonstrate tangible follow-up actions to COP21.
In addition to U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, CEM7 is expected to include global energy leaders such as China’s Minister of Science and Technology Wan Gang; Maroš Šefčovič, Vice President for EU’s Energy Union; and India’s Minister of Power, Coal & New & Renewable Energy Piyush Goyal. Leaders from the business and investment community working in clean energy are also expected to participate as well as leaders from international energy organizations, foundations, research institutes, and academia.
In addition to ministerial working sessions, CEM7 will feature public-private roundtable discussions and a clean energy action summit with opportunities for energy ministers, business leaders, and other global clean energy leaders to highlight ambitious clean energy efforts and announce new actions to help achieve national and global clean energy goals. CEM7 will also feature a two-day tented technology exhibit in San Francisco’s Union Square that will showcase clean energy technologies and innovative business models driving clean energy deployment around the world. View the agenda.
Public-Private Action Summit
The Public-Private Action Summit on June 2 will include high-profile opportunities for ministers, business leaders, and others to make major clean energy commitments and announcements, including support of new CEM campaigns that will be launched during the day. Prominent global clean energy reports will also be released. The day will feature keynote speeches, panel discussions, and fireside chats with global clean energy luminaries.
During the Summit, three new CEM campaigns will be launched to address global climate and clean energy challenges in these key areas:
- Reducing energy demand and CO2 emissions from rising use of cooling technologies
- Harnessing energy management to help businesses and industries save energy, reduce costs, and lower emissions
- Encouraging and supporting more companies to power operations with renewables
The campaigns will seek to catalyze public and private actions around these critical opportunities areas and work to raise ambition, increase visibility, and target resources for high impact.
CEM and non-CEM member governments are invited to join CEM campaigns along with companies, investors, foundations, and non-governmental organizations. The opportunity includes:
- Benefit from knowledge exchange and collaboration between policymakers and private sector leaders in clean energy markets
- Provide input to public policy as it is developed, identify new markets, advance corporate social responsibility goals, and increase technical capacity
- Identify and take advantage of global best practices and opportunities to generate energy and cost savings
- Contribute to achieving respective and shared climate and clean energy goals
- Gain recognition for efforts and commitments in high-level, high visibility platforms, such as the seventh Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM7) on June 1–2, 2016.
CEM7 will also include major announcements and updates from the three campaigns launched at CEM6 in 2015: the Global Lighting Challenge, the Power System Challenge, and the Scaled Up Clean Energy Solutions Center.
The public-private roundtable discussions provide 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.
The seventh Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM7) will feature four clean energy roundtables on the following topics:
- Innovative Mechanisms and Strategies for Investment in Energy Efficiency
- Facilitating Corporate Sourcing of Clean Energy
- Government Procurement and Demonstration of Clean Technology
- Next Generation Wind and Solar Power – Getting Markets and Policies Right
Startups and Solutions Showcase
The Clean Energy Ministerial Startups & Solutions Showcase, a feature event presented by the Clean Energy Ministerial Host Committee, will be an exhibition of companies and organizations from across the globe leading the world's transition to a clean energy future. It will be held in San Francisco's Union Square on June 1 & 2. The Showcase will be feature technology innovation and entrepreneurship—a bold display of the breakthrough technologies and startups that will transform the worldwide economy in the years and decades to come. The Showcase will demonstrate that technologies and solutions that we need are at hand today, and that a rising tide of ingenious solutions is in sight.
CEM initiative events will take place alongside the Ministerial, including the 5th Annual C3E Women in Clean Energy Symposium, EnergyAccessX, and 21CPP: From INDCs to Implementation.
A number of organizations are also planning events to run parallel to CEM7, including the Under 2 MOU Subnational Event, hosted by the office of California Governor Edmund G. Brown; and the Low Carbon Technology Partnerships Initiative (LCTPi) event, hosted the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.
Visit CEM7.org for more information.