The Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) summit being held in London this week has closed with the announcement of a raft of commitments aimed at boosting clean energy and energy efficiency.
The two-day meeting of energy ministers from 23 leading economies was co-chaired by UK Energy Secretary Ed Davey and his US counterpart Steven Chu.
Agreements reached during the summit include a reaffirmation by 16 governments to work together and with the private sector on improving the energy efficiency of equipment and appliances under the Super-efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment (SEAD) initiative.
The initiative will now also include a new ‘Global Efficiency Medal’ for the most efficient products, starting with flat-panel TVs, which was announced earlier this year, and now motors and computer monitors.
Meanwhile, a new public-private partnership, the Efficient Product Promotion Collaborative, aims to make better use of the funds being spent on appliance efficiency programmes every year.
And SEAD partners led by India launched a new programme in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Program’s en.lighten initiative to accelerate the adoption of energy efficient lighting.
Meanwhile, India itself will also benefit from a new Italian-US programme, Lighting India, which will aim to bring modern lighting to 2 million people by the end of 2015.
The meeting also saw Denmark, Germany and Spain release a map of renewable resources around the world and the US a beta version of an ‘opportunity’ map for rooftop photovoltaics.
“We have made significant progress in international cooperation on policies and projects that accelerate the world’s transition to a clean energy system,” commented Germany’s Deputy Minister for Economics and Technology, Stefan Kapferer.
Meanwhile, co-chair Chu said the meeting had made real progress.
“By working together, we can seize the clean energy opportunity – saving money for consumers, promoting sustainable economic growth, and protecting the planet for future generations.”
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