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Public-Private Engagement

“We need a cleaner, low carbon [energy] model that benefits both people and planet. And we can only achieve that through the leadership and collaboration of governments and the private sector.”

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Fourth Clean Energy Ministerial, New Delhi, India

In its efforts to improve energy efficiency, enhance clean energy supply, and expand clean energy access, the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) pursues a three-part strategy that includes high-level policy dialogue, technical cooperation, and engagement with the private sector and other stakeholders. Since it was formed in 2009, the CEM has embraced the view that the transition to a global clean energy economy will require the private sector, governments, and other stakeholders to act together, bringing their respective abilities, strengths, and resources to the table. Meeting the challenge of transitioning to a global clean energy economy will require expanded public-private collaboration and innovation to spur development, implementation, and scaling up of effective and sustainable clean energy policies and solutions. 

Public-Private Roundtables

During the annual ministerial meetings, the CEM convenes public-private roundtables that bring together energy ministers, business leaders, entrepreneurs, civil society organizations, and other clean energy experts for a candid dialogue on timely and crosscutting clean energy topics.

 public-private roundtable at CEM6 in 2015    

The eighth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM8) will feature four public–private roundtables on key clean energy topics:   

  • Energy Savings through Increased Connectivity – Considering the Potential and Pitfalls of Networked Devices
  • How Can Policies for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Be Optimized Together?
  • EV Deployment Policies for the Next Decade: From the 1st Million to Mass Market Adoption
  • Leveraging City-Scale Building Efficiency Action

Following the meeting, a summary report will be published, capturing the outcomes from these discussions. It will include actionable recommendations to inform both policy makers and private sector participants on key issues.

In previous years, the roundtables have discussed a wide range of energy topics, including soft costs for solar PV, clean vehicle adoption, power markets in emerging economies, energy management systems, mini-grid development, and more. Click to view the reports from each year’s discussions:

CEM Initiatives

The collaborative CEM approach extends to working with multilateral institutions such as the International Energy Agency (IEA), International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC), and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Several CEM initiatives have also been recognized as commitments under the United Nations’ Sustainable Energy For All initiative. These four institutions are also official observers to the CEM.



In addition, the CEM initiatives engage with the private sector, civil society, and expert communities as participants, partners, collaborators, and operating agents.

Stakeholder Engagement

The CEM also engages with stakeholders on a variety of clean energy issues through side events and public forums held in association with annual ministerial meetings and throughout the year in partner organization meetings, workshops, and conferences.

CEM5 included the following side events:

The first-ever Model CEM (photo) took place as a parallel session with the ministerial meeting. At this special forum, patterned on the Model UN, university students who had been selected to represent CEM member countries presented the current status of clean energy development in their country, discussed possible measures to strengthen international cooperation, and adopted a “Joint Declaration on Creating a Clean Energy Society.” The students presented the Joint Declaration to the full meeting of ministers and delegates at the end of the day. 

A first-of-its-kind off-grid appliance and clean energy system “PlugFest” was held. Organized by the CEM’s Global Lighting and Energy Access Partnership (Global LEAP) initiative, the event brought together low-voltage DC appliance manufacturers, off-grid solar home system companies, and other energy access professionals to share best practices and to test appliance-system interoperability—a key challenge facing the off-grid clean energy access market.