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World’s leading economies to push for action on clean energy

Energy ministers from 23 of the world's leading economies will meet in London from 25-27 April, to work together on accelerating the transition to clean energy technologies ahead of a major sustainable development conference this summer.

The discussions will take place as part of the third Clean Energy Ministerial conference (CEM3) – an annual meeting of energy ministers from major economies including the U.S., the UK, India and Korea. Outcomes from the meeting will feed into the United Nations summit on sustainable development, the Rio +20 summit, in June.

Energy ministers attending the CEM3 event will work on enhancing collaboration between countries to develop clean energy technologies which will aid global efforts to reduce emissions and improve energy security.

Throughout the week a series of announcements will be made on collaborations between countries, new investment and jobs, in areas including energy efficiency, carbon capture and storage, solar, wind and entrepreneurialism.

Steven Chu, U.S. energy secretary will co-chair the event with UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Edward Davey.

Brazil and the UK are expected to sign an agreement on clean energy during the event, although no further details have been released.

The meeting also coincides with the High Level Group of the UN Sustainable Energy For All conference, which will take place in London during this week. Chaired by Chad Holliday, chairman of the Bank of America, and Kandeh Yumkella, Director-General of the United National Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), the group aims to find sustainable solutions to energy shortages across the world.

There will be a joint CEM and Sustainable Energy For All press conference at the CEM on day 2 to announce outcomes from this event.

In addition, the International Energy Agency will publish the findings of its first review of UK energy policy since 2006, with the IEA Executive Director Maria van der Hoeven chairing a press conference.

A Dragon’s Den style event for clean energy entrepreneurs will take place at the Tate Turbine hall hosted by Stephen Sackur and the CarbonTrust.
 

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