The Office of International Affairs coordinates the Department of Energy’s participation in the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM).

The CEM is a partnership of the world's leading economies working together to accelerate the deployment of clean energy technologies. It supports a broad range of clean energy policy and technology activities that together improve energy efficiency, expand clean energy supply, support energy systems transformation, and enhance human capacity.

The CEM pairs political engagement among energy ministers and other high-level officials with year-round technical initiatives and campaigns to generate on-the-ground results. The 24 countries and the European Commission that are members of the CEM lead the world in clean energy investment, energy demand, economic growth, and innovation.

CEM members are Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, the European Commission, Finland, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Norway, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

The CEM is bottom-up, voluntary, and collaborative. Member countries propose, work on, and share leadership of those CEM initiatives and campaigns that help them achieve their own national clean energy objectives. They also target active cooperation and partnerships with the private sector, international institutions, non-governmental organizations, and other stakeholders key to the deployment of innovative clean energy solutions. This multifaceted, multilateral approach enables proven policies, programs, and technologies to realize broader, faster, and lower-cost implementation across both CEM and non-CEM countries.

The CEM formally launched in 2010, and the United States hosted its first meeting (CEM1). The United Arab Emirates hosted CEM2 in 2011, the United Kingdom CEM3 in 2012, India CEM4 in 2013, Korea CEM5 in 2014, Mexico CEM6 in June 2015, the United States CEM7 in 2016, and China CEM8 in 2017. The European Commission, together with four Nordic countries (Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and Finland) will host CEM9 in 2018 and Canada will host in 2019.

CEM work is organized under four thematic pillars: energy efficiency, clean energy supply, energy systems and integration, and crosscutting support. CEM engagement is coordinated by an independent Secretariat that is hosted by the International Energy Agency (IEA) in Paris.

Secretary Perry attended CEM 8 in Beijing and gained support for two new workstreams in Clean Energy:  Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage and Nuclear Energy.

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