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7th Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM7)

1-2 June 2016 | San Francisco, US

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CEM participants heard a video message from US President Barack Obama

The Seventh Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM7) convened on 2 June 2016 for its Open Press Public Private Action Summit in San Francisco, US. In the morning, delegates heard welcoming remarks from Ernest Moniz, US Secretary of Energy, who underscored the complementarity of the Mission Innovation and CEM objectives. Delegates then heard from Dan Utech, Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change, US, and viewed a video message from US President Barack Obama, who urged cooperation to meet the climate and energy challenges currently faced. Yin Hejun, Vice Minister for Science and Technology, China, read a message from Chinese President Xi Jinping, who said that harmony between man and nature is essential.

Delegates then heard scene setting presentations from Fatih Birol, Executive Director, International Energy Agency (IEA), and Michael Liebreich, Advisory Board Chairman, Bloomberg New Energy Finance, who said by 2040, up to half of new vehicles could be electric. The morning panel sessions addressed: appliance efficiency; policy perspectives; commercial and industrial efficiency; and scaling corporate access to renewable energy. Delegates also heard keynote remarks from Lisa Jackson, Vice President of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, Apple, who underscored that while governments need the private sector to decrease their energy use, the private sector looks to government to provide policy environments that incentivize the adoption of low-carbon practices.

During lunch, a panel discussion titled ‘Towards a Clean Energy Economy’ was followed by an awards ceremony, recognizing CEM award winners for energy management leadership, global efficiency in lighting, awards of excellence and outstanding off-grid appliances.

The afternoon panels discussed the CEM and the road from Paris, and achieving universal access to clean and affordable energy.

During CEM7 closing remarks, Wan Gang, Minister of Science and Technology, China, via video message, invited all to attend CEM8 in Beijing, China, in 2017.

Secretary Moniz gavelled CEM7 to a close at 3:30 pm.

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Open Press Public-Private Press Action Summit


Danny Kennedy, California Clean Energy Fund

Kevin Knobloch, Chief of Staff, US Department of Energy



Yin Hejun, Vice Minister, Ministry of Science and Technology, China

Ernest Moniz, Secretary of Energy, US



Jerry Brown, Governor of California, US

Dan Utech, Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change, US



Fatih Birol, Executive Director, International Energy Agency

Mary Wenzel, Wells Fargo


Michael Liebreich, Advisory Board Chairman, Bloomberg New Energy Finance


Appliance Efficiency (L-R): Dave Regnery, President of HVAC of North America, Europe, Middle East, and Africa, Ingersoll Rand;
Bill Bien, Head of Strategy & CMO, Philips Lighting; Kateri Callahan, President, Alliance to Save Energy; Kate Hampton, CEO,
Children's Investment Fund Foundation; and Harsh Vardhan, Minister, Ministry of Science & Technology and Earth Sciences



Tim Woodward, Prelude Ventures

Lisa Jackson, Vice President of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, Apple


Arthouros Zervos, Chair of the Renewable Energy Network for the 21st Century


Commercial and Industrial Efficiency (L-R): Li Yong, Director General, United Nations Industrial Development Organization;
Helen Burt, SVP of External Affairs and Public Policy, PG&E Mark Kenber, CEO, The Climate Group; James Gordon Carr,
Minister, Natural Resources Canada; and Jennifer Rumsey, CTO, Cummins


Scaling Corporate Access to Renwable Energy (L-R): Rob Bernard, Chief Environmental Strategist, Microsoft; Thorsten Herdan,
Director-General for Energy Policy, Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi), Germany; Adnan Amin, Director-
General, IRENA; Tristan Grimbert, CEO, EDF RE; and John Woolard, Vice President of Energy, Google


Joan MacNaughton, Executive Chair of the World Energy Trilemma, World Energy Council


Towards a Clean Energy Economy (L-R): George Shultz, Former U.S. Secretary of State; Janet Napolitano, President, University
of California; Tom Steyer, Founder, NextGen Climate; and Arun Majumdar, Jay Precourt Professor at Stanford University


Steven Chu, Former US Energy Secretary


Panel Discussion on "Road from Paris and the CEM" (L-R:) Aziz Mekouar, Ambassador for Multilateral Negotiations for COP22,
Morocco; Laurence Tubiana, Special Representative for the 2015 Paris Climate Conference and French Ambassador for Climate
Negotiations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Jonathan Pershing, US Special Envoy for Climate Change; and David Sandalow,
Inaugural Fellow, Columbia University, Center on Global Energy Policy


Energy Access: Achieving Universal Access to Clean and Affordable Energy: L-R: Cathy Zoi, CEO, Axess Energy; Lord Bourne
of Aberystwyth, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Climate Change, UK; Tarun Kapoor, Joint Secretary, Ministry of New
and Renewable Energy, India; Rachel Kyte, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Chief Executive Officer,
Sustainable Energy For All


Video message from Minister Wan Gang, Ministry of Science and Technology, China



Yin Hejun,
Vice Minister, Ministry of Science and Technology, China

Ernest Moniz, Secretary of Energy, US, making his closing remarks to the CEM


CEM and MI Ministerial staff


ENB team at the CEM and MI Ministerial with (L-R): Franz Dejon, Cherelle Jackson, Kate Helfenstein, Leila Mead,
Deborah Davenport and Brandon Jourdan

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