Major Announcements Made at the Fourth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM4)
New Delhi, India, April 18, 2013 -- Inaugurating the fourth
Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh said that "there is need for inter-country
consultation and discussion in these areas to promote information exchange
and to identify possible areas of collaboration, and also to learn from each
other's experience in addressing common problems. The Clean Energy
Ministerial has made a major contribution to such discussions."
The energy ministers and other high-level delegates from the 23
participating governments outlined progress made to date under the 13 Clean
Energy Ministerial (CEM) initiatives and committed to furthering their
efforts to accelerate clean energy supply, improve energy efficiency, and
expand clean energy access around the world. They also welcomed further work
on the topic of clean energy finance to be delivered to ministers at the
fifth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM5), to be held in Korea in 2014.
"Through the Clean Energy Ministerial, we are accelerating the transition to
clean energy technology around the world," said U.S.
Energy Secretary Steven Chu. "While this is a young process, we are already
achieving results - from saving consumers and businesses money with energy
efficient appliances to providing millions with access to clean, affordable
Since its launch in 2010, the CEM has leveraged a unique distributed
leadership approach. Countries choose to participate in those initiatives
that are of interest to them and important to their citizens. This approach
is driving faster implementation and boosting the enthusiasm of each
participating country in the various initiatives.
"CEM has now matured into a process with actionable agendas and programmes
and is working to achieve them," said India Planning Commission Deputy
Commissioner Montek Singh Ahluwalia. "The Indian participation has extended
to new initiatives, and we look forward to greater integration of the
developing world in the clean energy strategy for the world.
A unique feature of this Ministerial was the Innovation Showcase Pavilion,
hosted by the Government of India. The Pavilion featured 45 companies from
around the world that are at the forefront of the clean energy revolution in
technology sectors such as solar, smart and mini-grid, energy storage,
lighting, electric vehicles, and energy efficiency and finance.
During a ceremony at the Ministerial, the Super-efficient Appliance and
Equipment Deployment (SEAD) initiative recognized the winners of the SEAD
Global Efficiency Medal competition for the most energy-efficient flat-panel
televisions. The global awards program encourages the production and sale of
super-efficient equipment, appliances, and electronics. The winning models
are 33 to 44 percent more energy efficient than TVs with similar technology.
The competition is already spurring the adoption of increased energy
efficient policies and standards that will help consumers and businesses
save thousands of dollars on electricity.
The Ministerial discussions and new actions announced build on steps taken
over the past three years and continue to drive progress across the 13 CEM
The sixteen governments participating in the SEAD initiative also announced
the launch of the SEAD Global Efficiency Medal competition for electric
motors. Electric motors, which are ubiquitous in everything from small
appliances to large industrial equipment, account for a staggering 43% of
world electricity consumption. Winners will be recognized at CEM5 in Korea.
The Government of India announced the first-ever database featuring national
and state clean energy and energy efficiency policies and incentives in
India. The Indian Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Policy Database
(IREEED) will disseminate renewable energy and energy efficiency policies,
regulations, and incentive programs for the benefit of project developers,
businesses, and consumers. Developed through support from the Clean Energy
Solutions Center, IREEED will be a featured resource on the site
The World Bank announced the launch of a South-South-North Knowledge
Exchange (SSNKE) facility. The SSNKE Facility will enable the exchange of
ideas and experiences in clean energy among the members of the CEM and will
function within the 21st Century Power Partnership, a CEM initiative led by
India and the United States.
The SSNKE Facility will support learning networks and communities of
practice, study tours and field visits, policy dialogues, peer-to-peer
interactions, and formal training programs. Some of these activities will be
piloted during 2013 and 2014. The World Bank sees the Facility as an
important instrument to bring policy makers, private sector, and civil
society actors together in sharing and learning from each other.
The government of India announced that it has joined the Electric Vehicles
The government of the United Kingdom announced it will join the Global
Lighting and Energy Access Partnership (Global LEAP) initiative. Global LEAP
also announced the launch of a new competition that will help transform the
global market for products designed for use in an off-grid context (i.e.,
with home-scale power systems) by recognizing the most efficient,
high-quality, and affordable DC-powered appliances.
The Global LEAP Outstanding Off-Grid Product Awards competition builds on
the success of the IFC's Lighting Global program awards for integrated solar
lanterns, and the first rounds of competition will be for DC-powered LED
lighting and color televisions.
Looking ahead, the Government of Mexico announced that it will host the
sixth Clean Energy Ministerial in Mexico City in 2015. With CEM5 to be held
in the Republic of Korea next year, plans for the next two Ministerials are
now in place.
For additional information, please see the following attachments:
-- Select government statements
-- Initiative announcements
-- Summary of key accomplishments
-- CEM briefing paper
Information on the Clean Energy Ministerial is also available at