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Clean Energy Ministerial

Energy ministers and high-level delegates gathered for the Fifth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM5) in Seoul, Korea on May 12-13, 2014. Photo courtesy of the CEM Secretariat.

Energy ministers and high-level delegates gathered for the Fifth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM5) in Seoul, Korea on May 12-13, 2014. Photo courtesy of the CEM Secretariat.

The Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) is a high-level global forum to share best practices and promote policies and programs that encourage and facilitate the transition to a global clean energy economy.

The CEM is focused on three global climate and energy policy goals:

  • Improve energy efficiency worldwide
  • Enhance clean energy supply
  • Expand clean energy access

The 23 governments participating in CEM represent 90% of global clean energy investment and 80% of global greenhouse gas emissions. They include Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, the European Commission, Finland, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Norway, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

The CEM is organized around a three-part strategy; high level policy dialogue, technical cooperation and engagement with the private sector and other stakeholders.

Based on a distributed leadership approach, any CEM participating government interested in furthering a substantive idea on a clean energy issue is encouraged to identify willing partners and proceed. Work is organized under four thematic pillars: energy efficiency, clean energy supply, integration, and human capacity. Initiatives under those pillars include appliance efficiency, building and industry efficiency, solar and wind, carbon capture use and storage, power system transformation, smart grids, electric vehicles, sustainable cities, women in clean energy, and energy access.

The CEM was borne out of the Major Economies Forum Global Partnership and the Technology Action Plans that were released in the fall of 2009. The United States hosted the first meeting of ministers in Washington, DC in June 2010. UAE hosted CEM2 in 2011, the UK CEM3 in 2012, India the CEM4 in 2013, and Korea the CEM5 in May 2014. Mexico will host the next CEM meeting (CEM6) in 2015.

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