Press Release : CEM12 Ministerial Statement

World’s largest and leading economies agree new ambitious phase of clean energy collaboration in lead up to COP26


3 JUNE, 2021 at the 12th Clean Energy Ministerial hosted by Chile— CEM members agreed to work together to increase the ambition of the Clean Energy Ministerial in its third phase, CEM3.0. Members reaffirmed the CEM’s goal to accelerate the global clean energy transition through international collaboration and to increase the global deployment of clean energy technologies.  

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Statement by the Members of the Clean Energy Ministerial

Members renew their commitment to the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) as an important platform for international collaboration, acknowledging that clean energy progress will move further and faster if they work together. They affirm the CEM’s mission to accelerate clean energy transitions, stating that clean energy is a vital driver of economic growth, emissions reductions, energy access, and energy security. They recognise the unique role that the CEM can play within the global clean energy institutional architecture to help its Members and the broader world implement their self-determined clean energy goals, and achieve emissions reductions consistent with the global fight against climate change.

In recognising its role as a pivotal leadership forum for clean energy collaboration, Members agree that it is time to set a bold course for the next phase of the Clean Energy Ministerial. In its next phase, the CEM will target a major acceleration in clean energy deployment, consistent with achieving the goals of its Members and putting the world on track to achieve clean, affordable, reliable energy for all. To achieve this, Members underscore that the CEM must use all of its key levers – its work programme, its secretariat and its annual ministerial meeting – to help supercharge three key shifts in the clean energy landscape:

  • Scale: The pace of clean energy deployment this decade must outpace the last decade, moving rapidly from niche- to mass- to massive-scale adoption across a wide range of technologies.
  • Sectors: While the power sector will remain critical to clean energy transitions, the focus must keep evolving from one sector to every sector of the economy (and cross-sectoral integration of energy systems).
  • Society: An inclusive, whole-of-society approach must emerge that looks from the role of governments and companies all the way through to the role of consumers and citizens.

Members instruct the CEM Secretariat to support them in delivering an ambitious, impactful clean energy agenda in the next phase. They also thank the International Energy Agency (IEA) for continuing to host the Secretariat. Members agree to extend the CEM Framework Document for a further five years and accompanying Administrative Arrangements for a further three years respectively, and commit to provide adequate and predictable resources to the CEM to fulfil these ambitions. Members also call on the entire CEM community – Observers, Partners, and Participants – to strengthen their engagement with the CEM, to the benefit of all.

Members express their deep gratitude to the Government of Chile for hosting the 12th Clean Energy Ministerial, and look forward to their 13th Ministerial Meeting, to be hosted by the Government of the United States in 2022, and their 14th Ministerial Meeting, to be hosted by the Government of India in 2023.

Download text here: CEM3.0 Statement from CEM12