The third edition of the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM3) will take place in Kondon (UK) on 25-26 April 2012. The conference focuses on transition to clean energy technologies, and related initiatives (best practices, cooperation,etc.). CEM was initiated by U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu at the 2009 UNFCCC COP/CMP in Copenhagen, with the idea of gathering ministers responsible for clean energy technologies from the major world economies, as well as ministers from a selected number of smaller countries with leading expertise in the field. The objective pursued by CEM meetings is to "serve as an important platform to advance international collaboration to accelerate the adoption of clean energy technologies worldwide."
CEM1 was organised in the US. In 2012, CEM3 gathers 23 leaders from around the globe. The public agenda is available here.
CEM's work focuses mainly on 3 areas and includes related 11 clean energy initiatives:
- improve energy efficiency worldwide
- Electric Vehicles Initiative (EVI)
- the Global Superior Energy Performance Partnership (GSEP)
- the Super-Efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment (SEAD) Initiative
- enhance clean energy supply
- Bioenergy Working Group
- Carbon Capture, Use and Storage Action Group (CCUS)
- Multilateral Solar and Wind Working Group
- Sustainable Development of Hydropower Initiative
- expand clean energy access ("crosscutting")
- Clean Energy Education & Empowerment (C3E) wormen's initiative
- Clean Energy Solutions Center
- International Smart Grid Action Network
- Solar and LED Energy Access Program (SLED)
CEM3 will be co-chaired by UK and U.S. officials: UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Edward Davey, and U.S. Secretary of Energy, Steven Chu. These two are set to sign an agreement on the joint development of floating wind turbine platforms (see article Windpower monthly), two countries which do not possess any such projects for the moment contrary to Norwegian company Statoil and its Hywind floating turbine.
The first prototype of the Global Renewable Energy Atlas will be officially presented in parallel to CEM3, together with a series of projects and reports. It builds on the results from the Multilateral Working Groupd on Solar and Wind Technologies.
Around CEM3 - Side Events will be associated to CEM3. CEM3 On 24 April, the High-Level Group on Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) will hold its meeting. CEM3 is also preceded and followed by a series of meetings of more public nature than the CEM3 itself, include those organised by the Multilateral Working Group on Solar and Wind Energy Technologies (MWGSW), Clean Energy Education & Empowerment (C3E) Women's Initiative
CEM4 (2013) will be organised by India in New Delhi, and CEM5 (2014) by South Korea, in Seoul.
CEM website: http://www.cleanenergyministerial.org