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India to host 4th Clean Energy Ministerial meet next month

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will inaugurate the 4th Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) meeting on 17 April which among other things would assess the steps being undertaken by various countries to pursue green initiatives.

Energy ministers from 23 countries, including US Energy Secretary Steven Chu, will come together in the national capital from 16 to 18  April to review the progress of clean energy initiatives, an official statement said here.

Besides the ministerial meeting, the event will also host the Clean Energy Innovation Showcase, panel discussion on participation of woman in Clean Energy, Awards for the Super Efficient Appliances etc.

The ministerial meetings also provide an opportunity for high-level engagement with private-sector stakeholders in a variety of formats, ranging from public panel sessions to roundtable dialogues, co-chaired by ministers and chief executive officers, it added.

The CEM is currently the only regular meeting of energy ministers at which they exclusively discuss clean energy deployment issues. It also includes involvement from other ministries that play an important role in clean energy in governments.

The CEM is a global forum to share best practices and promote policies and programs that encourage and facilitate the transition to a global clean energy economy.

The CEM initiatives help reduce emissions, improve energy security, provide energy access, and sustain economic growth. CEM participating economies account for 90 per cent of global clean energy investment and 80 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions.

International collaboration under CEM is action-oriented and flexible and there are no negotiated texts or binding agreements. Moreover, there is no requirement that all governments that participate in the ministerial meetings also participate in each of the clean-energy-focused initiatives.

The first Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM1) was hosted by US Secretary of Energy Steven Chu in Washington, DC, in July 2010. The United Arab Emirates hosted the second Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM2) in Abu Dhabi in April 2011. The United Kingdom hosted the third Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM3) in London in April 2012.    
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