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Clean Energy Ministerial 8 (CEM8) 

6–8 June 2017, Beijing, China

Side Events

Thursday, 1 June 2016

09:00 – 18:00
Xijiao Hotel


Workshop on Improving Green Consumption through Enhanced Energy Management and Energy Savings

  • Organized by the China National Institute of Standardization (CNIS)

The theme of the workshop was to improve green consumption through enhanced energy management and energy savings. The topics included energy management for achieving energy saving and emissions reduction targets, key policy and measures for continuous improvement of energy management, infrastructures for organizational energy performance improvement, and best practices of energy efficiency improvement of cooling products as well as other key end energy-using products.

CEM has established the successful Energy Management Working Group (EMWG) and Super-efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment (SEAD) initiatives. Furthermore, the Energy Management Campaign under EMWG and Advanced Cooling Challenge under SEAD were launched in 2016. The workshop provided opportunities for communicating and discussing the progress of EMC and ACC. It promoted EMC and ACC in a wider audience and produced actionable suggestions for next steps.

Tuesday, 6 June 2016

09:00 – 18:00
Intercontinental Hotel

2017 International EV Pilot Cities and Industrial Development Forum

  • Organized by the Shanghai International Automobile City (Group) Co., Ltd and the CEM Electric Vehicles Initiative

​Description: The International Forum on EV Demonstration Cities and Industrial Development brought together representatives from governments, EV pilot cities, research institutes, industries and other stakeholders to share best practices and innovative solutions for the deployment of EVs in cities worldwide. 

Proposed by China and the United States at the first Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) in Washington, July 2010, the Electric Vehicles Initiative (EVI) has received positive response from its 16 member states and the International Energy Agency (IEA). Construction of EV ZONE is an important content of EVI.  In January 2011, Shanghai was selected as International EV Demonstration City and Jiading District as EV Demo Pilot Zone (EV ZONE).  For the implementation of CEM-EVI, the International Forum on EV Demonstration Cities and Industrial Development was held every two years in China. The forum has been held three times till now in Shanghai.

Hundreds of experts gathered in Beijing to attend the forum, including city-level decision makers, industry executives, and non-profit organization leaders. The forum took the opportunity to explore topics such as large-scale application of electric vehicles, electric vehicle technology innovation of hydrogen fuel, EV user behavior analysis and other issues.

09:00 – 18:00
CNCC Function Room A

Innovation of Growth Pattern: Clean Energy Economic Transition Forum

  • Organized by the Energy Foundation

Description: This forum, titled “Innovation of Growth Pattern: Clean Energy Economic Transition,” was organized by Energy Foundation, a partnership of philanthropic investors interested in solving the world’s energy and environment problems. The forum aimed to identify the institutional, economic, and technical instruments to advance clean energy economic transition; share best practices; leverage high-level political will and private sector leadership to accelerate clean energy deployment; and build consensus and synergy to transition to a green growth path. The main topics included green growth, green employment, green finance, and innovation for sustainable prosperity. Ministerial-level officials from China, the United States, Germany, and other countries, the executive directors of the International Energy Agency and the International Renewable Energy Agency, as well as prestigious Chinese and international economists and energy experts were invited to share their insights at this event.

09:00 – 18:00

The CEM’s Global Lighting Challenge

  • Organized by the CEM GLC Working Group

Description: The CEM’s Global Lighting Challenge (GLC) is a global race to reach cumulative sales of 10 billion high-efficiency and high-quality affordable lighting products, such as LEDs, as quickly as possible. The GLC provides a platform intended to aggregate and highlight ongoing national, regional, and municipal (local urban body) efficient lighting policies and promote further public- and private-sector commitments to the deployment of high-efficiency and high-quality advanced lighting systems.

The CEM8 GLC side event gave policymakers, lighting experts, and lighting manufacturers an opportunity to showcase, review, and discuss GLC commitments and endorsements on the second anniversary of the GLC launch. This event included panel discussions and keynote presentations to give these stakeholders an opportunity to exchange experiences and lessons learned on policies and programs designed to promote high-efficiency and high-quality LED lighting products. Panel discussions focused on the governments’ roles in promoting the deployment of these products, minimum performance and testing standards of LED lighting products, LED street-lighting deployment, off-grid lighting, and the impact of lighting on building efficiency programs. This event also provided a venue for the announcement of new commitments to the GLC and a discussion looking into the future of lighting technologies.

14:00 – 18:00

Smart Grid Innovation Workshop

  • Organized by the Institute of Electrical Engineering of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (IEECAS), RSE (Italy) and IITR (India)

Description: At COP22 in Marrakesh, Morocco, seven innovation challenges were launched by Mission Innovation members to target development of energy technologies that will accelerate the clean energy transition. Through these Innovation Challenges, Mission Innovation members aim to encourage increased engagement from the global research community, industry, and investors, while also providing opportunities for new collaborations between Mission Innovation members. The first challenge is the Smart Grids Innovation Challenge (IC1), which is led by China, Italy and India. This workshop was a significant work plan for IC1 and contained three Sessions: “Strategy and Plan,” “Innovation Challenge,” and “Business Opportunity.”

14:00 – 16:00

An implementation framework to catalyze energy efficiency finance in major economies – the G20 Energy Efficiency Investment Toolkit

  • Organized by the International International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC)

Description: Investment lies at the heart of the energy efficiency challenge and, as such, is key to a path of clean energy transition and sustainable development. Yet, despite the multiple benefits it brings, much of the potential for energy efficiency improvements and its corresponding investments are untapped.

This side event brought together policymakers and financial institutions to present and share the latest developments on the implementation of innovative policies, financial products and tools that enable greater deployment of energy efficiency finance. Building on the work of the G20 Energy Efficiency Finance Task Group (EEFTG) and the CEM7 roundtable on EE finance, this side event afforded participants an in-depth discussion on the implementation of enabling policy frameworks for EE investments and the latest developments of tools and mechanisms by both private and public financial institutions.

This side event provided participants with an understanding of the progress of policy and financial innovation since CEM7, including the development of an implementation framework for energy efficiency finance presented by the G20 Energy Efficiency Investment Toolkit.                

16:00 – 18:00

Making the Business Case for Investing in Energy Efficiency, Management and Productivity

  • Organized by the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE)

Description: This side event showcased multi-national private sector companies that are leaders in providing technologies, systems and solutions that manage energy production, use and storage in all sectors of our economies – from industry to transportation to the built environment. It demonstrated that the trend towards more energy efficient and productive economies is well rooted and underway in CEM countries.

This panel of corporate executives made the business case for continued action by both the public and private sector – in terms of energy and financial savings and economic growth – while also demonstrating the environmental, climate and resilience co-benefits of energy efficiency. 

It shared how companies are working to meet CEM campaign objectives, to double their own energy productivity and improve the efficiency of their own operations and products, and how they are working with governments and industry partners to achieve similar goals. These companies are producing the technology solutions that will help cities, states and national governments meet their energy efficiency and energy productivity goals.

For more information please contact Laura Tierney at the Business Council for Sustainable Energy,

13:30 – 14:30

Official launch of the IEA flagship publication “Energy Technology Perspectives 2017”

  • Organized by the International Energy Agency (IEA)

Description: “Energy Technology Perspectives” (ETP) is the IEA’s annual flagship publication. The 2017 edition of the ETP report focuses on analyzing prospects and potential of putting the energy sector on a trajectory of accelerated and scaled-up deployment of clean energy technologies. Signs are multiplying that the world is edging closer to a historic transformation of the energy system. Energy technology improvements continue to modify the outlook for the energy sector, driving change in business models, energy demand and supply patterns and regulatory needs. Additionally, energy security, air quality, climate change, and economic competitiveness have increasingly been taken into account in the energy sector decision-making. The analysis in the ETP 2017 aims to get a better understanding of the impact of these trends and future technological advances on investment decisions that will shape energy security and environmental sustainability for years to come.

14:30 – 17:30

Low-carbon development policies in China: towards understanding policy integration and interactions

  • Organized by China’s National Development and Reform Commission and the International Energy Agency (IEA)

Description: This side event explored the topic of policy mixes and policy packages for a low-carbon transition in China, including the role of energy strategies and policies within this policy package. Following keynote speeches on low-carbon strategies and policies in China and globally, a panel discussion facilitated an exchange of views and built understanding between stakeholders who are active in developing and implementing different low-carbon development policies. Participants gained a better understanding of how different strategies and policies may work together. The theme of this event is relevant for many CEM Initiatives; integrated and coherent policy approaches are necessary for effective clean energy deployment and to achieve energy sustainability and other goals. The Climate Change Department at the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) jointly organized this side event with the International Energy Agency (IEA).

14:00 – 16:00

Advancing CCUS in China

  • Organized by the International CCS Knowledge Centre

Description: Carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) technology is a critical part of the clean energy portfolio, enabling deep emission reductions from large-scale CO2 sources in both power production and energy-intensive industries, while at the same time sustaining economic development in an environmentally responsible manner. Recognising this importance, two side-events took place back-to-back on the sides of the CEM/MI meeting to highlight the progress being made in CCUS worldwide, and to discuss further steps to accelerate its deployment.

The side event focused on specific CCUS challenges and opportunities in China. Application of CCUS will not only benefit China in its transition to a low-carbon economy through GHG emissions control, but also benefit the world in advancing the CCUS innovations. China, as the leading developing economy, could serve as a springboard in clean energy innovation and set an example for other developing economies to follow in their pursuit of low-carbon economy transitions.           

15:00 – 16:30

The Role of CCS in the CEM Context

  • Organized by the IEA

CCUS is no longer experimental, and to date, there are 20 years of experience of large-scale CCUS operations. While past experience tells us that CCUS technologies are ready for wide deployment, further technical, economic and policy progress is now absolutely vital.

This event, organised by the International Energy Agency together with China’s Ministry of Science and Technology, brought together ministers from lead CCUS countries to discuss the current state of play with CCUS, future challenges, experience from international collaboration, and especially the role that the Clean Energy Ministerial process can play in driving CCUS forward. This event also included interventions from industry involved in CCUS projects.

Ministers and high-level speakers included:

  • China: Minister Wan Gang
  • Canada: Minister Jim Carr
  • Norway: Minister Terje Søviknes
  • United States: Secretary Rick Perry
  • European Commission: Director-General for Energy Dominique Ristori
  • Australia: Deputy Secretary for Environment and Energy Jo Evans
  • Saudi Arabia: Saudi Aramco CTO Ahmad Al Khowaiter
  • Oil & Gas Climate Initiative: Executive Committee Chairman Gerard Moutet
  • Global CCS Institute: Chief Executive Officer Brad Page
  • International Energy Agency: Executive Director Fatih Birol

14:00 – 16:00

Power System Transformation: Long-Term Energy Scenarios and the Emerging Role for Thermal Flexibility

  • Organized by the CEM 21st Century Power Partnership

Description: Across the globe, power sector transformation is gaining momentum. Wind and solar generation is in many jurisdictions becoming the first choice for new capacity additions, regulatory reform is creating opportunities for demand-side participation and investment in distributed energy, and mass rollouts of new “smart” technologies and big data analytics are now becoming operationalized into new utility practices and services. Modernizing grid infrastructure is an increasingly complex policy challenge that will require a combination of smart technologies, adaptive regulation, efficient markets, and reliable forecasting and foresight—all enabled by effective government policies driven by robust analysis and research. Within this context, the 21st Century Power Partnership aims to inform and support implementation of national power sector reform efforts, and enable global insight into the common and divergent features of power system transformation. This side event of the 8th Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) explored the current global landscape of power system transformation and the strategies that governments are employing to shape the pathways of transformation in various jurisdictions. It examined state-of-the-art approaches to computational modeling and power system planning, and examined insights from recent scenario studies. Participants also discussed the critical need of increased flexibility among power generators and how to address the financial implications of meeting those needs.

16:00 – 18:00

Long-Term Energy Scenarios in Accelerating the Clean Energy Transition: Focus on Wind and Solar

  • Organized by the CEM Multilateral Solar and Wind Working Group Event

Description: The competitiveness of wind and solar power plants has rapidly improved in recent years, and it now seems realistic that these technologies will form the backbone of the future energy system. The technology development and innovative bidding processes for new projects have created momentum for significant cost reductions for the most developed solar and wind technologies. At the same time, more focus has been on how to maximise the value of variable power production in a power market context. This side event of the 8th Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM8) gave an update on the most recent developments for cost-minimising wind and solar projects and showcased, through a topical long-term scenario study, how to optimise the value of wind and solar in an energy system context. Participants will discuss how these insights can be used to accelerate the clean energy transition on a global scale.

Wednesday, 7 June 2016

09:00 – 18:00
CNCC 308

Clean Energy Education & Empowerment (C3E) Event

  • Organized by Hongbo Group Co. Ltd.

Description: The 8th Clean Energy Ministerial and 2nd Mission Innovation Ministerial aim to lead innovation, face challenges, and achieve energy transition through collaboration. The side event focused on the innovation & effort made by females in terms of clean energy aspects. The event highlighted global outstanding females in relation to their execution, creation, leadership style and influence in the clean energy field. This event invited clean energy-related females to introduce their most recent successes and share their best practices and feelings about life. Participants also provided global suggestions about how females can cope with climate change and how to push forward & establish global female collaboration in terms of clean energy innovation strategy.

10:00 – 17:30

Under2 Clean Energy Forum

  • Organized by The Climate Group and the U.S. State of California

Description: The Under2 Coalition is a global coalition of provinces, states and regions committed to driving ambitious climate action. Within only two years, it has grown to 170 governments, representing more than 1.18 billion people and 37% of the global economy. 

The Under2 Coalition: Clean Energy Forum event brought together high-level political representatives, senior policymakers and executives from businesses to explore together the role of subnational governments in delivering on the Paris Agreement, and how these stakeholders and businesses should work together to deliver clean energy economies for all.

The event was hosted by The Climate Group in partnership with the State of California, the People’s Government of Sichuan Province and the Energy Foundation.

09:00 – 18:00
CNCC 310

A Future Powered by Renewable Energy--Action and Innovation

  • Organized by the World Wild Fund for Nature (WWF), Chinese Renewable Energy Industries Association (CREIA), US China Energy Cooperation Program, Swedish Energy Agency; Co-organized by China Photovoltaic Industry Association, China Photovoltaic Society (CPVS), State Key Laboratory of Photovoltaic Materials and Technology

Description: China has released the national 2020 renewable targets of achieving 210 GW wind capacity and 110 GW solar capacity, including 60 GW distributed solar power in January 2017. The government also announced the launch of trading of green certificates on July 1, 2017. Recently, the government released the Energy Production and Consumption Revolution Strategy. These policies have provided huge opportunities to enterprises for a transition to renewables. Technology innovation plays an extremely important role in empowering the transition.

In order to promote the renewable energy transition of enterprises and accelerate low-carbon technology innovation, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Chinese Renewable Energy Industries Association (CREIA), US China Energy Cooperation Program (ECP), and Swedish Energy Agency co-organized a side event on “A Future Powered by Renewable Energy--Action and Innovation” on June 7, 2017. The side event included two sections, focusing on (1) clean energy transition of enterprises, through distributed renewable energy application and green finance; and (2) disruptive climate innovations for energy transition. Five disruptive climate innovations were recognized to bridge the gap between innovative technology demonstration and deployment. This event sought to motivate the private sector to take actions on renewable energy application and to realize their green energy transition, as well as to develop and deploy innovative technologies and solutions.

09:00 – 18:00

Corporate Sourcing of Renewables Day

  • Organized by the CEM Corporate Sourcing of Renewables campaign partners; International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), Center for Resource Solutions (CRS), National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), RE100, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), World Resources Institute (WRI)

Description: The full-day event discussed the role of corporate sourcing in accelerating renewable energy deployment and meeting renewable energy and climate goals. In many countries, corporate sourcing of renewables has become a rapidly increasing trend, and corporations around the world are announcing increasingly ambitious commitments. 

With representatives from both governments and corporations, the day focused on the main drivers for corporate demand for cost-competitive renewable energy, its overall potential, and the enabling frameworks needed to support various forms of corporate sourcing of renewables. In the afternoon, a special focus was given to best practices, and key lessons learned from corporations and governments, to identify how to further facilitate increased corporate sourcing in China’s emerging voluntary green certificate market.

As part of the Clean Energy Ministerial’s Corporate Sourcing of Renewables Campaign, the day also highlighted:

  • Key announcements in terms of new corporate commitments (including“achievement of 100%” announcements
  • New knowledge products on the topic (e.g., NREL Corporate Sourcing of Renewables Policy Report, update on the IRENA REmade Index Report)
  • New Corporate Sourcing activities in China (e.g., launch of REBA China, WBCSD Chinese Corporate Renewable PPA Forum, RE100 China)

09:00 – 13:00

The Role of Bilateral Research, Development, and Deployment (RD&D) Programs in Accelerating Clean Energy Solutions

  • Organized by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Description: The side event explored the contributions that bilateral RD&D programs, such as the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center Building Energy Efficiency (CERC-BEE), can play in meeting the global goals of the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) and Mission Innovation (MI). The event (1) introduced the CERC-BEE program, discussing its strengths as a bilateral RD&D program; (2) described major RD&D milestones achieved jointly; (3) articulated the important role of industry and demonstration projects in commercializing new technologies; and (4) discussed the path forward, identifying opportunities for improvement.

CERC-BEE is a ten-year initiative to support leading scientists from the United States and China in collaborative RD&D of advanced building technologies. CERC-BEE focuses on five cost-shared initiatives:

  • Integrated Building Design and Construction, including next-generation 3D printed precast building façade systems
  • Indoor Environmental Quality, including new air filtration sorbents that improve occupant health and comfort
  • Integrated Sensors, Controls, and Commissioning, including predictive control software for optimized whole building systems
  • Direct Current Buildings and Smart Grid, including standards and controls that support greater adoption of DC power
  • Systems, Economic Analyses, and Modeling to inform and advance new software design and financing models to accelerate investment in advanced building technologies          

14:00 – 18:00

Green Technology Bank to promote the transfer and transformation of clean energy technology

  • Organized by Shanghai Municipal People's Government

Description: The Green Technology Bank (GTB) is one of China’s most important projects following up the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Climate Agreement, which is an innovation of a green technology transfer mechanism through the combination of technology and finance. The whole idea of GTB is in line with President Xi’s five development concepts: innovation, coordination, green development, opening up, and sharing. Following the theme of “a Green Technology Bank to promote the transfer and transformation of clean energy technology,” the GTB Event introduced the rationale and objectives of GTB, shared the progress of GTB and the innovative practices of technology transfer and transformation, discussed how to encourage the innovation for technologies, financial sectors and industries, and promoted international cooperation in the construction and management of GTB in order to contribute to the global clean energy technology capacity. Attending guests included representatives of government ministries, UN Environment Programme, consulates in Shanghai or Beijing, financial institutions such as bank and funds, famous technology transfer and transformation mechanisms, enterprises, universities and research institutes.

14:00 – 16:00
CNCC 305
Status Quo and Challenges for the Energy Transition: Global Renewable Energy Development and the Role of Renewables in China’s Energy System
  • Organized by REN21, China National Renewable Energy Centre (CNREC), GIZ and German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy

Description: The side event gave an overview of the global status for the transition towards a low-carbon energy system – presenting the latest status report on renewable energy development worldwide and an in-depth look at the role of renewables in the context of China’s overall energy system. By discussing the latest renewable energy policy, market, industry and investment trends and putting them into the context of overall energy sector developments, the audience gained valuable insights on current challenges as well as perspectives for deployment of renewable energy in China and worldwide.

16:00 – 17:30
CNCC 305

Regulatory Indicators for Sustainable Energy (RISE): A tool for framing enabling environments for clean energy investment

  • Organized by the World Bank

The World Bank recently launched an exciting new tool for clean energy policy makers called RISE (Regulatory Indicators for Sustainable Energy). RISE is a policy scorecard of unprecedented depth and breadth covering energy access, energy efficiency and renewable energy in 111 countries across the developed and developing worlds. RISE will help policy makers to understand how far they have advanced in building a supportive enabling environment for sustainable energy, and enable them to compare across countries, track over time, learn from peer groups, and identify priority actions for the future. RISE focuses on policies and regulations: measures that are within the direct control of policy-makers and is based on an objective survey of the specific policies and regulations in place in each country. It looks for those policies which most experts would agree are advisable and relevant.

This session provided an introduction to the capabilities of the RISE platform and the conclusions of its first report. Policy makers from the CEM countries discussed its relevance to their daily work, as well as how it can contribute to set the agenda for CEM efforts going forward. For more information visit the RISE website at

14:00 – 18:00

 Under2 Clean Energy Forum            

  • Organized by The Climate Group and the U.S. State of California

​Following the inaugural Sub-National Clean Energy Ministerial (Sub-CEM) hosted in California in 2016, The Climate Group in partnership with the State of California, the People’s Government of Sichuan Province and the Energy Foundation, hosted the Under2 Clean Energy Forum on June 7, 2017, in Beijing. 

14:00 – 18:00

Driving an Energy-Saving Future: An IEA Perspective on How Electric Motors and Water Systems Help Achieve Our Policy Goals            

  • Organized by the National Energy Conservation Center (NECC) and the International Energy Agency (IEA)

In the latest edition of the World Energy Outlook report (WEO) published by the International Energy Agency, the efficiency potential of electric motors were included, as well as the potential of energy neutrality in the water sector. For the first time, the savings potential was estimated at global scale and policy recommendations were provided. The impact is significant for smart cities and our ability to find cost-effective solutions to meet energy efficiency targets.

Electric motors consume more than 50% of the global electricity consumption; almost 30% of that is consumed by industrial motor systems. China represents 41% of global industrial electric motor consumption; this will increase to 45% by 2040. These numbers highlight the great importance of energy efficiency in electric motor systems, simultaneously reducing energy bills and supporting competitiveness.

Water and wastewater facilities are traditionally high-energy consumers, and it is expected that energy consumption will double. In many counties, the water facilities are the largest electricity consumer on the municipalities electricity bill, 30%–50%. Proven technologies exist to turn the whole water cycle energy-neutral and significantly reduce the electricity bill of municipalities. In addition, water and wastewater can play a role in establishing smart energy systems.

Thursday, 8 June 2016

09:00 – 12:00
CNCC 308

Sustainable Biofuels Innovation Challenge & Biofuture Platform: Scaling up the advanced low-carbon bioeconomy

  • Organized by the Biofuture Platform

Use of fossil fuels in transportation and industrial production contributes up to 35% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Although sustainable biofuels can have an important role to play in tackling these emissions, many of the most exciting biofuels remain at the pre-commercial stage of development.

The side event showcased to government officials, investors, industry representatives and academia the need to accelerate investments and increase international collaboration in the low-carbon bioeconomy to respond to the needs of the fight against climate change. The event highlighted the recent contributions of Mission Innovation (MI) and the Biofuture Platform, as country-led multilateral initiatives, and of below50, a private-sector led initiative, to contribute to fulfill that need. 

A related goal is that government officials, experts and industry players were given an opportunity to show current activities, research projects, policies, investment plans and promising new technologies to achieve performance breakthroughs and cost reductions for sustainable large-scale production and utilization of advanced biofuels and biomass.

The desired outcome was increased awareness among key policy makers and decision makers about the need to scale up the bioeconomy, the challenges ahead, the possible solutions, and how they could contribute both individually and as part of MI and Biofuture.