Energy ministers and other high-level delegates from more than 20 of the world’s leading economies will gather in New Delhi, India, on 17-18 April for the fourth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM4). The ministers will collaborate to identify tangible steps that each government can take to generate more rapid progress toward CEM’s overall goal–accelerating the transition to a global clean energy economy.
The CEM is the only regular meeting of energy ministers at which they exclusively discuss clean energy. The participating governments represent 90% of global clean energy investment and 80% of global greenhouse gas emissions.
The Deputy Chairman of India’s Planning Commission, Montek Singh Ahluwalia, will co-chair the event with U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu. Other ministers confirmed to be in attendance include Minister Wan Gang from China’s Ministry of Science and Technology; Minister Greg Barker from the United Kingdom’s Department of Energy and Climate Change; Minister Martin Lidegaard from Denmark’s Ministry of Climate, Energy and Buildings; and Minister Elizabeth Dipuo Peters from South Africa’s Department of Energy.
The discussions will focus on identifying smart policies, programs, and innovative strategies to increase energy efficiency, enhance clean energy supply, and expand energy access. It is expected that new commitments to advance those goals from participating governments and from the year-round work that has taken place through some of the 13 CEM initiatives will also be announced at the end of the two days.
A scene-setter on the first day will feature comments from the Prime Minister of India, Manmohan Singh. The International Energy Agency (IEA) will also release the 2013 version of its Tracking Clean Energy Progress report during CEM4. The scene-setter will include a presentation from the IEA on the report’s findings as well as a set of recommendations for ministers. Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) will also give a public presentation to ministers on the status of clean energy investment trends around the world.