The Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) is a high-level global forum bringing together governments and business to promote policies and programs that advance clean energy technology, to share lessons learned and best practices, and to encourage the transition to a global clean energy economy.
The Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) initiative was launched in Copenhagen in December 2009 when the U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu announced that he would host the first Clean Energy Ministerial to bring together ministers with responsibility for clean energy technologies from the world’s major economies and ministers from a select number of smaller countries that are leading in various areas of Clean energy. Currently, there are 23 governments participating in the CEM initiatives among which are, e.g. the United States, the EU, India and all Nordic countries. The participating countries collectively account for 80 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions and 90 percent of global clean energy investment. The CEM initiatives are based on areas of common interest among participating governments and other stakeholders, focused on three global climate and energy policy goals: improve energy efficiency worldwide, enhance clean energy supply and expand clean energy access.
India hosted the fourth CEM (CEM4) in April 2013
Delhi, the capital of India hosted the fourth Clean Energy Ministerial on 16-18 April with energy ministers and other high level delegates and business from the participating countries present. The theme of the CEM4 was “Technology and Business Innovation.” Ministers and official delegations together with representatives from business and industry gathered to discuss progress made by the CEM’s Clean energy initiatives, explore ways to enhance collaboration between participating governments, and develop strategies to drive public-private engagement to support Clean energy deployment over the three days of the CEM4 gathering.
The official program was launched on the morning of 17 April when Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman of India’s Planning Commission welcomed ministers to the opening plenary. U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu highlighted the importance of CEM’s 13 initiatives to make progress in clean energy and related measures and the importance of the public-private roundtables on selected topics engaging private sector to find solutions. Prime Minister of India, Manmohan Singh commended the CEM as an excellent forum for experience sharing and also noted India’s commitment to more than double its RES-E capacity from 25 GW in 2012 to 55 GW in 2017. As scene setters, a presentation of an IEA analysis of the status of clean energy deployment and related policies globally was given by Maria van der Hoeven, Executive Director, International Energy agency, IEA followed by status of global clean energy investment trends by Michael Liebreich, CEO Bloomberg New Energy Finance. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and World Bank President Jim Kim congratulated the CEM on its achievements through video messages. The two days comprised of several ministers’ discussions and public-private round table sessions between ministers and business with focus on drawing conclusions on current advancements and defining next steps for the CEM process aiming for the CEM5 to be held in 2014 in Korea.
Fortum an active participant in the CEM4
Finland was represented in the CEM4 by a delegation led by state secretary Marja Rislakki and with participants from the Ministry of Employment and Economy (TEM), EK and VTT. The delegation had several meetings with representatives of Indian ministries, including the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, the Ministry of Urban Development, the Ministry of Environment and Forests, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) under the Power Ministry and The Energy and Resources Institute, TERI. Fortum participated in most of the delegation’s official meetings.
CHP was high on the agenda in all meetings and of particular interest to Fortum is the mutually agreed intention between the BEE, India and TEM, Finland to draft an inter-governmental MoU to study joint areas of interest under which it was agreed that CHP would be one area to focus on. Similarly, during the discussion with TERI it was concluded that CHP could have a major potential in India in the future and this should be jointly assessed. During discussion with MNRE, the potential of CHP and particularly biomass-fuelled CHP in India and also future potential of wave energy for India were discussed.
A core part of the CEM process are the round table sessions allowing for free-flowing dialogue between Ministers and private sector executives. During CEM4, six round table sessions were held with focus on business innovation to accelerate deployment of solar PV, acceleration of adoption of clean vehicles, power market evolution in emerging economies, policy and finance for renewables, mini-grid development and large-scale adoption of energy management systems. Fortum participated in the latter as a roundtable invitee. “Some 20 government and business representatives participating in the session shared their views and discussed this very timely topic. All parties recognize that energy efficiency is a key part of the solution in the aspired transition towards a global clean energy economy”, says Maria Paatero-Kaarnakari, SVP Fortum Asia who participated in the round table session.
Part of the CEM4 was an exhibition with focus on clean technologies – the Innovation Showcase Pavilion. Fortum was present among some 40 exhibitors. Participation allowed Fortum to interact with a large number of political leaders and other people of influence from several countries and brief extensively on, e.g. Fortum’s industrial CHP –concept and Fortum’s strong focus on sustainability, safety and code of conduct which all were highly appreciated. Kosti Rautiainen, Vice President Technology and Juha Finnilä, Head of Expert Services sales from Fortum’s India team spent two days at the Fortum stand and met a multitude of interested parties.
"I think we were very successful in our aim to meet and discuss with decision makers. We had a good opportunity to tell about Fortum in general and more particularly on our industrial CHP –concept and its many benefits for India.” says Kosti. According to Juha, the exhibition theme”Clean Energy” was extremely well present among the exhibitors. “Most recent innovations and leading companies were present and Fortum’s products, e.g. Nures and Apros simulation tool caught lots of interest.”
Also a side event related to women’s role in advancing clean energy technologies was held during the CEM4 where women from participating countries were nominated as ambassadors for clean energy. Among the ambassadors is Fortum’s CTO, Heli Antila. The role of the ambassadors is to advance recognition of cleantech opportunities globally and through networks established in their own countries.
Juha Finnilä, Satu Helynen from VTT, Pentti Puhakka from TEM and Kosti Rautiainen at Fortum stand.
“All in all CEM4 was a very good opportunity to be part of the energy dialogue in India. In December 2012, Fortum was present in the Delhi Clean Energy Conference, a precursor and preparatory meeting for the CEM4 and participated in one the five high level panel sessions. Already at that time, considerable interest was indicated by various key stakeholders towards our proposed CHP -concept for industries. During the meetings around CEM4, Fortum was successful in continuing the dialogue on the possibilities and benefits of CHP for India”, concludes Maria Paatero-Kaarnakari.