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Sustainable Energy Policy & Practice

Fifth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM5)
“Act Together, Think Creative”

12–13 May 2014 | Seoul, Republic of Korea

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Highlights
The Fifth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM5) was held on 12-13 May 2014, hosted by the Republic of Korea at the Grand Hyatt in Seoul under the theme "Act Together, Think Creative." It brought together energy ministers, as well as representatives of the private sector and international organizations, to discuss accelerating the transition toward a global clean energy economy and to assess progress made since CEM1 in 2010.

CEM5 began with public-private roundtable discussions on: electric vehicle integration in power systems; energy-efficient cooling and demand response; challenges and opportunities in energy storage systems; access to low-cost capital for scaling up renewables; renewable energy for sustainable growth and employment; and the energy-water nexus. The second day featured a Ministerial segment focusing on clean energy, integration, energy efficiency and human capacity.

Awareness-raising events took place on the sidelines of the meeting, including an award ceremony recognizing successes in key areas of energy efficiency and renewables, a "Model CEM" based on the Model UN student conferences, and an off-grid "PlugFest" for display and testing of energy-efficient lighting and appliances.

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Room Shot

A view of the room during the Ministerial.

Monday, 12 May

On Monday morning, United States Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz welcomed delegates to the meeting and invited everyone to observe a moment of silence in memory of the loss of young lives in the recent sea ferry disaster.

Yoon Sang-jick, Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy, Republic of Korea, conveyed appreciation for the achievements of the CEM, and called for deepening efforts to accelerate technology innovation and deployment, engage the private sector to invest in green energy, and enhance market availability for clean energy technologies.

Moniz asked delegates to consider what should be the CEM’s focus areas in the future, noting that the meeting would discuss financing of clean energy, enhancing energy security as a "second track" of discussion, and expanding energy access.

Delegates heard addresses by: International Energy Agency Executive Director Maria van der Hoeven; Bloomberg New Energy Finance analyst Nathaniel Bullard; and President Ahn Nam-sung of the Korea Institute of Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning.

In the late morning and afternoon, public-private roundtable discussions took place on: energy-efficient cooling and demand response; renewable energy for sustainable growth and employment; challenges and opportunities in energy storage systems; electric vehicle integration in power systems; facilitating access to low-cost capital to scale up renewables; and the relevance of the energy-water nexus for the CEM.

Concurrently, youth delegates took part in the first Model CEM. Following their discussions, young leaders recommended to delegates in plenary that all CEM countries should create communities of youth to disseminate information after CEM conferences; support research and collaboration among youth on renewable energies at the international and local levels; and deploy local renewable energies to support self-sufficient towns.

At the end of the day, award ceremonies recognized the achievements of companies that have created outstanding energy-efficient products, including LED lights, off-grid televisions and computer monitors.

Full web coverage available here: 12 May

Ernest Moniz
Ernest Moniz, Secretary of Energy, United States.
Yoon Sang-jick
Yoon Sang-jick, Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy, Republic of Korea.
Maria van der Hoeven
Maria van der Hoeven, Executive Director, International Energy Agency.
Nathaniel Bullard
Nathaniel Bullard, Bloomberg New Energy Finance.
Ahn Nam-sung
Ahn Nam-sung, President, Korea Institute of Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning.
Group photo

CEM5 delegates gathered for a group photo after the opening session.

Energy-Efficient Cooling and Demand Response
The roundtable on Energy-Efficient Cooling and Demand Response.
Renewable Energy for Sustainable Growth and Employment
The roundtable on Renewable Energy for Sustainable Growth and Employment.
Ron Binz
Ron Binz, Public Policy Consulting
Sandra Retzer
Sandra Retzer, Younicos AG.
Sindhushree Khullar
Sindhushree Khullar, Secretary, Planning Commission, India.
Global LEAP Award winners
Global Lighting and Energy Access Partnership Award winners with Ernest Moniz, Secretary of Energy, United States.
ISGAN Award winners
International Smart Grid Action Network Award winners with Yoon Sang-jick, Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy, Republic of Korea.
SEAD Award Winners
Super-efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment Initiative Award winners with Leonardo Beltrán Rodríguez, Undersecretary of Planning and Energy Transition, Ministry of Energy, Mexico.
Model CEM Group

Participants in the first Model CEM came from universities in the CEM countries.

Seoul Panorama

A panoramic view of Seoul from the Grand Hyatt, venue of the CEM. (Click for much larger.)

Tuesday, 13 May

On Tuesday, Ministers and senior officials met in a closed meeting to discuss clean energy, integration, energy efficiency and human capacity, and consider the CEM’s future areas of involvement.

Delegates heard a presentation by Greg Barker, Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change, United Kingdom, on innovative energy finance mechanisms for supporting clean energy deployment. Barker stressed that clean energy finance will be critical to achieving a strong international climate agreement, and will require more work to be done before the 21st Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP 21) scheduled for November 2015.

Following this, delegates held a discussion about the CEM’s areas of focus, and agreed to set up three new work streams on the energy-water nexus, market accessibility of clean energy products, and clean energy finance. They also agreed to encourage greater participation of women in the clean energy sector, through increased support of the CEM’s Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) women’s initiative.

A "PlugFest" organized by the CEM’s Global Lighting and Energy Access Partnership (Global LEAP) initiative, exhibited appliances and brought together off-grid engineers and energy professionals to discuss interoperability challenges and collaboration.

In closing remarks, Yoon Sang-jick, Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy, Republic of Korea, thanked everyone for their support and participation. On behalf of Mexico as the host of CEM6, Leonardo Beltrán Rodríguez, Undersecretary of Planning and Energy Transition, Ministry of Energy, Mexico, looked forward to welcoming delegates to Mexico City in 2015. The meeting closed at 1.30 pm.

At a press conference later in the afternoon with Undersecretary Rodríguez and Minister Yoon, Ernest Moniz, Secretary of Energy, US, emphasized that clean energy is vital to energy security, especially in view of recent political events in eastern Europe. He noted that clean energy will also be important in helping countries meet their commitments to mitigating climate change.

Full web coverage available here: 13 May

Ernest Moniz
Ernest Moniz, Secretary of Energy, United States.
Han Jinhyun
Han Jinhyun, Vice Minister for Trade and Energy, Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, Republic of Korea.
Greg Barker
Greg Barker, Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change, United Kingdom.
Fabrizio Barbaso
Fabrizio Barbaso, Deputy Director General for Energy, European Commission.
Rasmus Helveg Petersen
Rasmus Helveg Petersen, Minister of Climate, Energy and Building, Denmark.
Ryosei Tanaka
Ryosei Tanaka, Parliamentary Vice Minister, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan.
Elizabeth Marabwa
Elizabeth Marabwa, Chief Director, Department of Energy, South Africa.
Rainer Baake
Rainer Baake, State Secretary, Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, Germany.
Global LEAP product demo
PlugFest Participants
Jan Vapaavuori
Jan Vapaavuori, Minister of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Employment and the Economy, Finland.
Ali Al Shafar
Ali Al Shafar, Deputy Director, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, United Arab Emirates.
Upendra Tripathy
Upendra Tripathy, Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, India.
Dikobe Ben Martins
Dikobe Ben Martins, Minister of Energy, South Africa.
Mariangela Rebuá
Ambassador Mariangela Rebuá, Director-General, Department of Energy, Brazil.
Odón de Buen Rodríguez
Odón de Buen Rodríguez, Director General, National Commission for the Efficient Use of Energy, Mexico.
P.K. Sinha and conference staff
P.K. Sinha, India, answering a question from conference staff.
Dikobe Ben Martins and Elizabeth Marabwa
Dikobe Ben Martins and Elizabeth Marabwa, South Africa, conferring.
Press Conference

The CEM held a press conference after the close of the meeting. L-R: Leonardo Beltrán Rodríguez, Undersecretary of Planning and Energy Transition, Ministry of Energy, Mexico; Yoon Sang-jick, Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy, Republic of Korea; Ernest Moniz, Secretary of Energy, United States.

IISD-RS Team
IISDRS Team

Your IISD Reporting Services team at the 5th Clean Energy Ministerial. L-R: Qian Cheng, writer, China; Delia Paul, Team Leader, Malaysia; Richard de Ferranti, Writer, Australia; Dan Birchall, Digital Editor, United States.

Funding for coverage of this meeting has been provided by the CEM Secretariat
CEM Secretariat
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