India hosted the fourth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM4) in New Delhi on 17–18 April 2013. Energy ministers and other high-level delegates from 23 of the world’s leading economies met and collaborated to identify tangible steps that each government can take to generate more rapid progress toward CEM’s overall goal—accelerating the transition to a global clean energy economy.
Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman of India’s Planning Commission, welcomed Ministers in the opening plenary, noting that the CEM brings together governments accounting for four-fifths of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu highlighted the importance of the CEM’s 13 initiatives to make concrete progress on energy efficiency, renewable energy, energy access, smart policy, and women in clean energy. Chu also highlighted the CEM’s engagement with private sector partners via six public-private roundtables on select clean energy topics.
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh addressed the Ministers, commending the CEM’s work as an excellent forum for experience sharing. He also highlighted India’s commitment to double renewable energy capacity from 25,000 megawatts in 2012 to 55,000 megawatts by 2017.
Maria van der Hoeven, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency, presented the 2013 Tracking Clean Energy Progress report, prepared for CEM4, which for the first year includes a chapter on innovation, in line with the theme selected by the Indian government as host of CEM4. She highlighted renewable energy and electric vehicle deployment as areas of notable progress but told Ministers that much more needed to be done in other clean energy sectors.
Michael Liebreich of Bloomberg New Energy Finance presented data on global investments in clean energy and told Ministers that such investment would need to be 2.5 times greater than current levels (roughly $300 billion) in order for carbon dioxide emissions to peak by 2020.
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and World Bank President Jim Kim applauded the work of the Clean Energy Ministerial via video messages.