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Looking Ahead to CEM5

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Looking Ahead to CEM5

The fifth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM5) will be held on 12-13 May 2014 in Seoul, Korea.

“Act Together, Think Creative” is the theme of the upcoming fifth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM5), to be hosted by the government of Korea in Seoul on 12–13 May 2014. Energy ministers and other high-level delegates from the 23 participating Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) governments will come together to assess progress and identify creative solutions to accelerate the transition to a global clean energy economy. With four years of work behind the CEM, this year presents an opportunity to evaluate how the CEM has performed to date and plan for how this global forum can be more effective and ambitious going forward.

As in years past, CEM5 will provide ministers with an opportunity to be briefed on the latest Tracking Clean Energy Progress report from the International Energy Agency, hear the status of global clean energy investment from Bloomberg New Energy Finance, participate in public-private roundtables on key crosscutting clean energy topics, and assess progress made through the 13 CEM initiatives. Most importantly, CEM5 will offer ministers an opportunity to discuss ways to increase collaboration and action for even greater impact. While the collaborative work in the CEM has realized significant results in the areas of clean energy, energy efficiency, and clean energy access, more and greater action is needed to keep pace with the scale of climate and energy challenges.

The public-private roundtable discussions are a prominent feature of the CEM. Recognizing that the clean energy transition will require collaborative efforts between governments, the private sector, and other stakeholders, the roundtables provide an opportunity for ministers, senior government officials, international business leaders, and experts from nongovernmental organizations to engage in candid dialogue on key clean energy issues.

This year, CEM5 will feature six clean energy roundtables on the following topics:

  • Electric Vehicle Integration in Power Systems
  • Energy-Efficient Cooling and Demand Response
  • Energy Storage Systems: Challenges and Opportunities
  • Facilitating Access to Low-Cost Capital to Scale Up Renewables
  • Renewable Energy for Sustainable Growth and Employment
  • The Energy-Water Nexus: Overview and Relevance for the CEM

CEM5 will also include several side events that will engage and inform university students about the CEM, advance energy-efficient off-grid appliances, recognize winners of several global clean energy awards, and raise overall awareness about the CEM and its work.

A press conference will be held at the end of the second day (13 May) to announce major outcomes from CEM5. Information will be made available at a later date for media accreditation and access to the press conference.

Participants in CEM5 will include ministers and delegates from the 23 CEM participating governments, official observer organizations, and other invited stakeholders.

Work to prepare for CEM5 began in earnest with a preparatory meeting that took place in February in Mexico City. Delegates reviewed work taking place through the CEM initiatives, heard recommendations to advance progress, discussed refinement of the CEM strategy to increase engagement and ambition, and finalized the agenda for CEM5.