Marrakech Action Proclamation ceremony. At COP22, governments issued the Marrakech Action Proclamation to signal a shift towards a new era of implementation and action on climate and sustainable development. Several events at COP22 highlighted the value and impact of the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) as a global platform to help countries implement their clean energy goals and achieve their nationally determined contributions. Photo credit: Flickr/COP22
At the 22nd United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP22), several events highlighted the value and impact of the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) as a global platform to help countries implement their clean energy goals and achieve their nationally determined contributions (NDCs). CEM initiatives and campaigns were featured and new efforts announced to accelerate clean energy deployment that will help achieve the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement while boosting economies and increasing energy security.
During a high profile CEM event on 14 November, ministers and leaders from Australia, Canada, Denmark, the European Commission, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and the United States remarked on the CEM’s role in driving early action and deploying the increasingly cost-competitive clean energy technologies that are available today.
Commitments were also announced from several CEM members for the new CEM Secretariat that will be housed at the International Energy Agency (IEA). The new CEM Secretariat at the IEA will support more robust collaboration and position the forum to more effectively respond to climate and clean energy challenges. Canada, China, Denmark, the European Commission, Finland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom, and the United States were recognized for contributing funding or in-kind support for the new Secretariat.
CEM campaigns were also highlighted as a mechanism to increase visibility and create partnerships to drive more ambitious clean energy efforts in targeted, high-impact areas through the CEM. As follow-on to the $1.5 billion in commitments announced at the seventh Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM7), leaders representing the private sector and stakeholder organizations participated in multiple events throughout the two week conference to highlight CEM implementation progress and make new announcements to support the scale-up of work through CEM initiatives and campaigns.
- Expanding technical assistance to support NDC implementation. During an event organized by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE), it was announced that the CEM’s Clean Energy Solutions Center has partnered with ECREEE to provide technical policy assistance to the ECOWAS countries that are included in the NDC Leadership Compact, an initiative spearheaded by the U.S. Department of State and USAID to showcase the leadership of developing countries in the implementation of their NDCs.
- Accelerating a transition to low-carbon transport. During a Zero Emissions Commercial Vehicles session, member countries of the CEM’s Electric Vehicles Initiative announced government fleet declarations and near-term steps to implement electric mobility as a key part of low-carbon transportation. Canada, China, France, Japan, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom, and the United States all pledged to increase the share of electric vehicles in their government fleets.
- Addressing the growing global demand for cooling. The CEM’s Advanced Cooling Challenge unveiled a Global Advanced Cooling Database to support efforts for super-efficient and affordable air conditioner and cooling solutions. The database will provide tools and visualizations to allow users to better track the current and evolving state of room air conditioners in multiple markets to enable choices for more climate-friendly technologies.
- Challenging the world to transition to super-efficient LEDs. The CEM’s Global Lighting Challenge, a race to deploy 10 billion highly efficient LED lamps as quickly as possible, announced expanded efforts in Africa and a focus on expanding access to modern lighting services.
- Enabling more companies to power operations with renewables. During an event featuring the CEM’s Corporate Sourcing of Renewables campaign, the International Renewable Energy Agency announced a new RE Index to track companies making announcements to procure renewable energy for follow-through on actual implementation.
- Expanding access to clean, modern energy services. The CEM’s Global Lighting and Energy Access Partnership (Global LEAP) initiative and its partners made a number of announcements to advance super-efficient off-grid technologies that are critical to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 7, which targets universal access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy. The announcements include the following:
- Sharing Best Practices on Off-Grid Electricity Services: During the 11 November Energy Day, the U.S. White House released a report on the state of the market for off-grid energy services and efficient appliances. The report recognized the work of Global LEAP for contributing to the exponential growth of this market, with millions of people now having access to lighting and other energy services.
- Providing More than $11 Million for the Deployment of Efficient Off-Grid Technologies Globally: The Efficiency for Access (E4A) Coalition, a global effort announced by Global LEAP and Sustainable Energy for All at the 21st United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21), raised $11.5 million in funding as part of the E4A Year of Action 2016 campaign that culminated at COP22. This funding will support the development and deployment of high-quality, energy-efficient off-grid technologies globally.
- Bringing More Efficient Appliances to 1,000 Rural Indian Villages: The Rockefeller Foundation’s Smart Power for Rural Development Initiative announced a new partnership with Global LEAP to accelerate the deployment and use of energy-efficient off-grid devices in rural India. This partnership will also develop a strategy for a program-wide scale-up targeted to reduce energy costs for some of the poorest people in India. These new energy-efficient devices are expected to reduce energy consumption by more than 50% for rural households, increase revenue for mini-grid operators by more than 300% per household, and generate rural employment for people involved in distribution and supply chain management of the devices.
- Pioneering Investment in the Off-Grid Appliance Market: Acumen, through its Pioneer Energy Investing Initiative, is partnering with Global LEAP and the Global LEAP Awards program to identify investment opportunities in cutting-edge off-grid appliance enterprises. Acumen will utilize the outcomes of the 2016–17 Global LEAP Awards for TVs, fans, and refrigerators as an input to its due diligence efforts to identify opportunities for impact investment in the off-grid appliance market.
- Accelerating and Expanding the Role of Energy Efficiency in Energy Access: A new collaboration between Power Africa, Global LEAP, the World Bank, the Copenhagen Center on Energy Efficiency, CLASP, and others will provide assistance to governments, donors, industry, and other stakeholders on how best to leverage energy efficiency to deliver energy access faster; more reliably; and at the least social, environmental, and economic cost.
- Enabling Scale in the Mini-Grids Sector through Quality Assurance: Global LEAP, Power Africa, and the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory announced the publication of a Quality Assurance Framework (QAF) for mini-grids. Through this partnership, Power Africa is also providing dedicated resources for associated technical assistance on the QAF in sub-Saharan Africa. The QAF aims to provide structure and transparency in the micro- and mini-grid sector based on best practices from successful utility models. Implementation of the QAF will provide the foundation for comparisons across projects, assessment of impacts, and greater confidence that will help drive investment and scale-up in this sector.
About the Clean Energy Ministerial
The Clean Energy Ministerial is a partnership of the world’s largest and most forward-leaning economies working together to accelerate the global clean energy transition. Together, CEM members—24 countries and the European Union—account for about 90% of clean energy investments and 75% of greenhouse gas emissions. The CEM pairs the high-level political engagement of energy ministers with sustained initiatives and high-visibility campaigns to accelerate clean energy policy and technology deployment. www.cleanenergyministerial.org