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World’s Energy Leaders to Gather in San Francisco for 7th Clean Energy Ministerial and Inaugural Mission Innovation Ministerial

On June 1–2, Energy Ministers from Nations with 90% of Clean Energy Investments and 75% of GHG Emissions to Focus on Advancing Clean Energy Cooperation and Implementing Paris Agreement Commitments

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

World’s Energy Leaders to Gather in San Francisco for 7th Clean Energy Ministerial and Inaugural Mission Innovation Ministerial

The seventh Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM7) and inaugural Mission Innovation (MI Ministerial), to be held in San Francisco, California, on June 1–2 will include a series of major announcements, report launches, and commitments from business and government clean energy leaders from around the world.

Energy ministers and other high-level delegates from over 20 countries and the European Commission will gather in San Francisco, California, on June 1–2 for the seventh Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM7) and inaugural Mission Innovation (MI Ministerial). Focusing on advancing clean energy policies and technologies, this gathering will mark the first major meeting of key energy leaders since the Paris Agreement on climate change was reached.

Included in the two-day agenda for the ministerial meetings as well as during side events taking place before and parallel to the meetings will be a series of major announcements, report launches, and commitments from business and government leaders from around the world. The following highlights some of the key items (all times are approximate). All events take place in the Westin St. Francis San Francisco. The agenda and speaker roster are available online.

1 June:

CEM and MI meetings are closed to the press on June 1; however, the following events are open to the press:

  • Remarks and Panel Discussion: 13:00 PDT (Westin St. Francis Grand Ballroom).
    San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee and PG&E Chairman, CEO and President Anthony Earley, Jr provide keynote remarks. A panel discussion follows on sustainable urban energy systems.

  • IEA’s ETP 2016 Launch: 14:45 PDT (Westin St. Francis Borgia Press Room).
    The International Energy Agency (IEA) will launch its 2016 Energy Technology Perspectives report.

2 June CEM7 Public Private Action Session – Westin St. Francis Grand Ballroom:

The full agenda for CEM7 and MI on June 2 is open press and will be streamed live at Highlighted events from the day's agenda include:

  • Opening remarks: 08:30 PDT
    U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz as chair of CEM7 will open the Public-Private Action Day. California Governor Jerry Brown will also provide welcome remarks.

  • Scene Setter Reports: 08:50 PDT
    • Fatih Birol, Executive Director of the IEA, will present the Tracking Clean Energy Progress excerpt from their ETP 2016 report as an input to the Clean Energy Ministerial. The report examines progress in the development and deployment of key clean energy technologies.
    • Michael Liebreich, Advisory Board Chairman of Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), will launch and present BNEF’s New Energy Outlook 2016, BNEF’s long-term view of how the world’s power markets will evolve in the future.

  • CEM Advanced Cooling Challenge Launch: 09:20 PDT
    CEM member governments and industry leaders will announce a new effort to develop and deploy advanced cooling technologies at scale.

  • REN21 2016 Renewables Global Status Report Launch: 10:20 PDT
    Christine Lins, Executive Secretary of Renewable Energy Network for the 21st Century, will launch the 2016 report, which provides a comprehensive and timely overview of renewable energy market, industry, investment and policy developments worldwide. 

  • CEM Energy Management Campaign Launch: 11:00 PDT
    A new campaign will be launched to realize the energy savings and emissions reduction potential of the international ISO 50001 energy management standard.

  • CEM Corporate Sourcing of Renewables Campaign Launch: 11:30 PDT
    A new CEM campaign will be launched to help scale up corporate sourcing of renewables across the globe. 

  • World Energy Council’s 2016 World Energy Trilemma Report Launch: 12:20 PDT 
    Joan MacNaughton, Executive Chair of the World Energy Council’s Trilemma Study Group, will launch the latest Trilemma Report, focusing on energy security, energy equity, and environmental sustainability.

  • CEM Awards Presentation: 13:30 PDT
    The CEM initiative award programs will recognize their winners. After recognition in the ballroom, each award program and their industry winners may hold press events in the Borgia press room. 

  • Panel Discussion on “Road from Paris and the CEM”: 14:15 PDT
    Jonathan Pershing, U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change, and Laurence Tubiana, French Ambassador for Climate Negotiations

  • CEM7 Closing Remarks: 15:15 PDT
    Secretary Moniz will highlight key outcomes from the meeting and China’s Vice Minister Yin Hejun will preview what’s ahead for CEM8

2 June CEM7 Press Conferences and Briefings – Westin St. Francis Borgia Press Room:

Follow-up briefings and Q&A for press will be held in the Borgia Press Room for the following:
  • CEM7 Main Press Conference: 12:30 PDT
    U.S. Secretary Moniz, Canada Minister Carr, EC Commissioner Moedas, India Minister Vardhan, and Norway Minister Lien announce the major outcomes from CEM7.

  • CEM Award Winners Press Avails: 14:00 PDT
    Winners of the CEM Awards will have an opportunity to make statements regarding their recognition and be available for Q&A.

  • CEM7 Campaign Briefings: 14:30 PDT
    • Partners in the new CEM7 campaigns being launched will have an opportunity to provide statements and be available for Q&A.
    • Participants for the Energy Management Campaign may include: Government representatives from Mexico and Canada; company representatives from Schneider Electric, PG&E, Avant Garde, and LG Chem.
    • Participants for the Corporate Sourcing of Renewables Campaign may include: Government representatives from Germany and Denmark; partner representatives from The Climate Group, World Business Council for Sustainable Development, World Resources Institute, and IRENA; and company representatives.

  • Q&A with Energy Access Leaders: 15:30 PDT
    • This will be an opportunity for media and others to get a short overview of the various energy access initiatives and announcements coming out of CEM7 and EnergyAccessX, and to ask questions of top leaders working to end energy poverty for 1.1 billion people by 2030. 
    • Participants may include: Andy Herscowitz, Coordinator, Power Africa; Tarun Kapoor, Joint Secretary, India Ministry of New and Renewable Energy; Rachel Kyte, CEO, Sustainable Energy for All; Kristina Skierka, Director, Power for All; and Cathy Zoi, CEO, Axess Energy​
  • Mission Innovation announcements: 16:00 PDT Ministers will announce new clean energy innovation activities under Mission Innovation.
    • 17:00 – Maroš Šefčovič, Commission Vice President for Energy Union
    • 17:30 – Pedro Joaquín Coldwell, Secretary, Secretariat of Energy
    • 18:00 – Harsh Vardhan, Minister, Ministry of Science & Technology and Earth Sciences

    1 & 2 June: Clean Energy Ministerial Startups & Solutions Technology Showcase – Union Square

    The showcase on San Francisco’s Union Square is open to the press and will feature clean energy technologies and innovative business models driving clean energy deployment around the world.

    Energy Ministers: In addition to U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, confirmed ministers include Cabinet Minister Harsh Vardhan of India, Minister James Carr of Canada, Minister Motoo Hayashi of Japan, Vice President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič of the European Commission, Secretary Pedro Joaquin Coldwell of Mexico, Minister Tord Lien of Norway, Vice Minister Yin Hejun of China, Ambassador Laurence Tubiana of France, and other key officials from over 20 countries.

    Speakers and Panelists: In addition to those outlined above, speakers and panelists will include: Apple Vice President Lisa Jackson; EDF RE CEO Tristan Grimbert; PG&E Chairman, CEO and President Anthony Earley, Jr.; XPRIZE Institute CEO Paul Bunje; former U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu; former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz; and more.

    The growing roster of confirmed ministers and speakers attending is available online and updated continuously.

    Westin St. Francis
    335 Powell Street
    San Francisco, California 94102

    Media Accreditation

    Only registered accredited journalists and technical staff may access the open press sections of CEM7 and the Mission Innovation Ministerial. Media credentials can be collected the day of the event.

    *Photo identification and prior registration is required to access the CEM7 events.

    Media Contacts

    If you would like more information about any of the specific items, contact the CEM Secretariat: +1 202-586-4131, or the MI Secretariat,

    About the Clean Energy Ministerial

    The Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) is a forum of the world’s major economies and leading clean energy investors working together to accelerate the global transition to clean energy. Launched in 2010, the CEM pairs the high-level engagement of energy ministers with sustained initiatives and high-visibility campaigns to drive faster deployment of clean energy policies and technologies worldwide.

    About Mission Innovation

    Accelerating widespread clean energy innovation is an indispensable part of an effective, long-term global response to our shared climate challenge; necessary to provide affordable and reliable energy for everyone and to promote economic growth; and critical for energy security. While important progress has been made in cost reduction and deployment of clean energy technologies, the pace of innovation and the scale of transformation require significant global action. For these reasons, participating countries launched Mission Innovation to reinvigorate and accelerate public and private research and development with the objective to drive down costs of clean energy technologies.