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Clean Energy Ministerial 7 (CEM7) 

1–2 June 2016, San Francisco, California, USA

Panel at the 2015 C3E event

Initiative Events

5th Annual C3E Women in Clean Energy Symposium

As part of the CEM’s C3E Women in Clean Energy initiative, the U.S. Department of Energy, together with the Stanford University Precourt Institute for Energy and the MIT Energy Initiative, held the 5th annual C3E Symposium. The full-day event took place on the Stanford campus on Tuesday, May 31st. In addition to keynote remarks from prominent women in the field, four panel discussions addressed steps needed to decarbonize the world’s energy system. Winners of eight 2016 C3E Awards for mid-career leadership and achievement were also recognized, along with a lifetime achievement honoree. Learn more.

From INDCs to Implementation: Charting Pathways for Global Power System Transformation

Power systems are among the largest and most complex systems ever created by humans. Transforming them—so they can provide clean, efficient, reliable and cost-effective power for everyone—will be a correspondingly complex process that is central to the achievement of nationally determined GHG emissions reduction commitments. This side event of the 7th Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM), co-hosted by the 21st Century Power Partnership and GO-15, explored the current global landscape of power system transformation and the strategies that governments, industry, and non-profit stakeholders are employing to shape the paths of transformation in various jurisdictions. This event aimed to bring effective transformation strategies into sharper focus and provided an opportunity for dialogue among government officials, grid operators, regulators, industry executives, international institutions, and other power system stakeholders. 


EnergyAccessX focused on the critical role of clean technologies and distributed renewables in advancing universal energy access. EnergyAccessX gathered a unique mix of entrepreneurs, thought leaders, technologists, designers and policy experts from around the world to challenge conventional wisdom and put forth a compelling new vision for achieving the global goal of universal access to modern energy services by 2030. EnergyAccessX was sponsored by the CEM’s Global LEAP initiative, UK Department for International Development, and Power for All. This event was open to CEM delegates and invited attendees. 

Workshop: Federal Resources to Support Clean Energy Technologies in International Markets

The U.S. government provides a variety of services to support the deployment of clean energy technologies in international markets. These include matchmaking services, market assessments, project development support, export and investment financing, political risk insurance, and technical assistance and training on policy and regulatory issues. Participants in this workshop had the opportunity to meet experts from the Department of Commerce, the Export-Import Bank, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, and the U.S. Trade and Development Agency and learn about how to take advantage of these services. 

Efficiency for Access Mid-Year Workshop

Led by the Clean Energy Ministerial’s Global Lighting and Energy Access Partnership (Global LEAP) and its partners, the Efficiency for Access (E4A) Coalition is a global campaign to advance the development and deployment of energy efficient appliances and equipment that are appropriately designed for energy access settings. These high-performing appliances can maximize delivery of life-transforming energy services to un- and under-served populations in off-grid, mini-grid or weak grid contexts where energy supply is significantly constrained. As part of the E4A “Year of Action 2016”, this workshop was the third in the series following events which took place in Washington, DC (January, hosted by the United Nations Foundation) and in London (April, hosted by the UK Department for International Development). Co-located with the seventh Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM7), this workshop sought to capture progress to date at the midpoint of the E4A Year of Action and outline next steps for the rest of the year. The workshop also featured a deep dive discussion on appliances for productive uses in off-grid contexts, building on a discussion on off-grid refrigeration during the London event. 

Workshop on “Improving Efficiency in Industry: Energy Efficiency Networks and Energy Management Systems”

Hosted by the German General Consulate in San Francisco, this event provided the opportunity to learn more about the benefits of energy management systems and energy efficiency networks for companies and bring together government and business perspectives. The workshop sought to support the CEM Energy Management Campaign, which aims at 50,001 additional global certifications to the ISO 50001 global energy management system standard by 2020, and to reinforce the G7 energy agenda’s focus on energy efficiency networks in industry, introduced under the German G7 Presidency in 2015. 

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