The Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) is a forum of the world’s largest and most forward-leaning countries working together to accelerate the global transition to clean energy.


IEA: Home to the CEM Secretariat

Launched in 2010, the Clean Energy Ministerial combines the leadership of energy ministers and the engagement from the private sector and other international partners with year-round initiatives and campaigns to drive faster deployment of clean energy policies and technologies worldwide. It’s a bottom-up, voluntary, and collaborative forum with CEM member countries proposing and working on initiatives and campaigns that help them achieve their own national clean energy goals and priorities but that also make a difference at the global level. Together, the 23 countries and the European Commission that are Members of the CEM are estimated to represent about 75% of global greenhouse gas emissions and 90% of global clean energy investment. The CEM aims to foster ambitious, scaled-up collaborations and act as a platform and incubator for exchanging good practices and innovative solutions to advance a broad range of clean energy activities that includes improving energy efficiency, enhancing clean energy supply, supporting energy system transformation, and expanding clean energy access.

On 1 June 2016 at the seventh Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM7) hosted by the United States in San Francisco, CEM members reached consensus for the IEA to host the CEM Secretariat. The IEA governing board welcomed and accepted this proposal on 15 June 2016.

Global support for IEA & CEM

During the past two editions of the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM), Mexico has strongly supported the restructuring of this mechanism through the approval of a new multilateral Secretariat, hosted by the International Energy Agency (IEA). The IEA’s renowned technical expertise and work on clean energies will significantly contribute to our participating countries’ actions towards low-carbon energy sectors.

- Pedro Joaquín Coldwell, Secretary of Energy of Mexico

“I am very proud of the new CEM multilateral Secretariat to be hosted by the IEA in Paris. The IEA is an ideal choice of host organization. I believe that the new Secretariat will play an essential role in making CEM one of the most important implementation fora in the world for clean energy.”

- Lars Christian Lilleholt, Energy, Utilities and Climate Minister of Denmark

"In San Francisco, CEM members agreed to launch an enhanced effort called 'CEM 2.0,' voting to increase the organization’s effectiveness by creating an international secretariat to support CEM initiatives at the IEA. Today, in a crucial step to multilateralize the CEM, I would like to both thank and congratulate IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol and the IEA on their decision to officially house the CEM Secretariat."

- Ernest Moniz, United States Secretary of Energy

IEA & CEM initiatives

The IEA has been a regular contributor to CEM activities since its creation. The IEA Secretariat has been involved in 11 out of 12 CEM initiatives, including:

Smart Grids: ISGAN

The IEA is a global leader in smart grids analysis, supporting accelerated development and deployment worldwide. The International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN) is both a CEM Initiative and the IEA TCP on Smart Grids. ISGAN regularly contributes its expertise to IEA workshops and publications, notably ETP and the Technology Roadmaps.

Electric Vehicles: EVI

The IEA has been a key partner in EVI since its inception, with designated leadership roles in the collection, analysis, and dissemination of data. The IEA is responsible for coordinating research and strategy discussions in support of this CEM initiative, producing a range of outputs including the recent Global EV Outlook 2016.

Solar and Wind

Under the title “Securing the Value of Wind and Solar Power”, the IEA contributes to this initiative by focusing on the analysis of different approaches for system and market integration of VRE (GIVAR). It also entails a capacity building component in emerging economies.

Efficient Equipment and Appliances

The CEM initiative on Super-Efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment (SEAD) is carried out in close co-operation with the TCP on Energy Efficient Electrical Equipment (4E TCP). A number of projects under the 4E TCP are collaboratively implemented with SEAD, including on solid state lighting and electric motor systems.