Second Clean Energy Ministerial Discusses Progress on Energy Initiatives

7 April 2011: The second Clean Energy Ministerial took place in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), from 6-7 April 2011, to discuss progress on initiatives developed as a result of the first Clean Energy Ministerial, which met in July 2010, in Washington DC, US.

Ministers of the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate (MEF) discussed progress on: carbon capture, use and storage (CCUS) action group; the Super-efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment (SEAD) initiative; the Global Superior Energy Performance (GSEP) initiative; the Solar and LED Energy Access (SLED) initiative; the International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN); and the Electric Vehicle Initiative (EVI).

Participants included ministers and senior officials from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, the European Commission, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Norway, the Russian Federation, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, the UAE, the UK, and the US. In addition, observers from the International Energy Agency (IEA), the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), and the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC) also attended.

The Clean Energy Ministerial is an initiative of the MEF, which was established in early 2009 to facilitate a positive outcome of climate change negotiations at the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark. [Clean Energy Ministerial Initiatives Website] [Clean Energy Ministerial Chair's Summary]