The Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) has released a report from its fifth meeting (CEM5), which identifies efforts needed to address key clean energy challenges.
The report summarizes the ideas and recommendations by government and private sector leaders from six clean energy roundtables held during the event.
2 September 2014: The Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) has released a report from its fifth meeting (CEM5), which identifies efforts needed to address key clean energy challenges. The report summarizes the ideas and recommendations by government and private sector leaders from six clean energy roundtables held during the event.
Organized in Seoul, Republic of Korea, from 12-13 May 2014, CEM5 convened energy leaders from major and other economies under the theme ‘Act Together, Think Creative,’ to discuss ways to accelerate the deployment of clean and efficient energy.
As part of the Ministerial, six public-private roundtables, intended to encourage dialogue and cooperation to further progress on clean energy, were organized on: energy-efficient cooling and demand response; renewable energy for sustainable growth and employment; energy storage systems; electric vehicle (EV) integration in power systems; access to low-cost capital to scale up renewables; and the energy-water nexus. The outcomes of the roundtables were presented to all delegates over a series of panel discussions held during the Ministerial. The roundtable report comes as a follow-up to the discussions.
The report, titled ‘Public-Private Roundtables at the Fifth Clean Energy Ministerial,’ captures the participants’ perspectives on policies, technologies, investments and capacity-building efforts needed for progress in each of the six areas. On energy efficient cooling and demand response, roundtable participants stressed the central role of governments in establishing supportive policy environments that provide certainty and inspire rapid development of markets and business models that incorporate efficient technology, design and demand response.
On policy options for promoting sustainable growth and employment from renewable energy, delegates identified, inter alia: reliable policy frameworks for investments; further cost reduction efforts by the industry; carefully designed local content requirements; boosting public acceptance through consumer tariffs and ownership of rooftop photovoltaic (PV) installations; access to finance; education and training; and technology transfer through measures to attract foreign investment.
The CEM, launched in 2009, is a voluntary, collaborative forum of 23 governments and the EU working to accelerate the global clean energy transition. Its participating governments account for 80% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and 90% of global clean energy investment. [CEM Press Release] [Publication: Public-Private Roundtables at the Fifth Clean Energy Ministerial] [CEM5 Website] [CEM Participants] [IISD RS Story on CEM5]