On 15 June 2016, the International Energy Agency (IEA) announced that a new, multilateral Secretariat for the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) will be established at the IEA later this year. The decision follows CEM members selecting the IEA –from a short-list of other international organisations– as their preferred home for the CEM Secretariat at their recent Ministerial meeting in San Francisco on 1-2 June 2016.
“The choice of the IEA as the home of the new CEM Secretariat is a ‘win-win’ for everyone involved,” said IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol. “Having the CEM Secretariat within the IEA will enable us to coordinate our efforts to accelerate clean energy technology and work even more closely with countries beyond our current membership,” stated Dr Birol. The CEM members that are not members of the IEA are: Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and the United Arab Emirates.
Launched in 2010, the CEM combines the leadership of energy ministers and engagement from the private sector and other international partners with year-round initiatives and campaigns to drive faster deployment of clean energy policies and technologies worldwide. Together, the 23 countries and the European Commission that are members of the CEM are estimated to represent about 75% of global greenhouse gas emissions and 90% of global clean energy investment. To date, the CEM Secretariat has been based at the United States Department of Energy, although the hosting of the annual ministerial meetings rotates among CEM member countries.
The CEM fosters ambitious, scaled-up collaborations and acts as a platform and incubator for exchanging good practices and innovative solutions to advance a broad range of clean energy activities that include improving energy efficiency, enhancing clean energy supply, supporting energy system transformation, and expanding clean energy access. There are strong synergies between the work of the CEM and the IEA’s network of over 6,000 expert researchers that make up the IEA Technology Collaboration Programmes (TCPs).
The CEM will continue to operate as a voluntary and collaborative high-level forum under the guidance of CEM members. The next Ministerial meeting of the CEM will be held in China in 2017.
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