Preparing for clean energy
London meeting sets agenda for Abu Dhabi's Clean Energy Ministerial
In preparation for the second Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM2), due to take place in Abu Dhabi in April (6-7), the United Arab Emirates has chaired a preparatory meeting in cooperation with the US Department of Energy and the UK’s department of Energy and Climate change.
Bringing ministers from the world’s largest economies to the UAE, CEM2 will allow discussions on the progress made under 11 initiatives launched at the first Clean Energy Ministerial in Washington DC last year.
The initiatives were built on the Technology Action Plans released by the Major Economies Forum Global Partnership last year, which laid out best-practice blueprints for action in key technology areas.
At the London-based preparatory meeting, CEM participants discussed the progress of the initiatives and set the agenda for the upcoming ministerial.
Speaking at the meeting, Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Special Envoy for Energy and Climate Change, and CEO of Masdar, said: “Given the UAE’s leadership in developing and deploying clean energy technologies, and its innovative and leading position in advancing renewable energy policies, the UAE was invited by these major economies to actively participate in the CEM meetings.
"We see this as a natural progression in realising the vision of our forward-thinking leadership towards fostering a transition to a global clean energy economy,” he continued.
David Sandalow, Assistant Secretary for Policy and International Affairs at the US Department of Energy, said: “We appreciate the leadership of the UAE in hosting the second Clean Energy Ministerial in Abu Dhabi. This meeting can reinforce the growing global momentum in building a clean energy future.”
Of the 11 initiatives, the UAE is participating in four, including, Clean Energy Solutions Center, Carbon Capture Use and Storage Action Group, Multilateral Working Group on Wind and Solar Technologies, and the Clean Energy Education and Empowerment Women’s Initiative (C3E).