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Making energy use more affordable, reliable and sustainable

Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) plenary sessions provide an opportunity for Ministerial discussion on clean energy progress to-date and build momentum for future action to accelerate progress.

All Plenary Sessions are closed to the public.

The following closed-door sessions are open to Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) member delegations:

Ilse Treurnicht
Past CEO / Chair of Board of Directors
MaRS Discovery District / Triphase Accelerator Corporation


Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Morning Session

Welcome and Call to Accelerate Action

This session opens the CEM10 Ministerial closed-door discussion and focuses on global clean energy progress, its current challenges and implications for countries as they advance their progress towards cleaner energy systems. It will set the scene for the discussions during the day, with a particular focus on the main themes of the event.

Amarjeet Sohi

Minister of Natural Resources, Canada

Dr. Fatih Birol
Executive Director, International Energy Agency


Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Working Lunch Session

Session 2: Smarter Energy Use

Energy efficiency remains one of the key low cost clean energy solutions to moderate energy use from increased activity. Estimates suggest that since the turn of the century, policies to promote efficient energy use have helped offset more than 30% of the rise in energy-intensive activities. This session will focus on select priority areas where energy efficiency can be accelerated through already available means with a particular focus on urban areas.

Andy Chisholm

Corporate Director, Royal Bank of Canada

Rachel Kyte
CEO, Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL)


Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Afternoon Session

Session 4: CEM Moving Forward

The annual Ministerial provides an opportunity to guide ongoing work throughout the year, and address institutional and governance matters. This session will focus on matters relevant to moving the CEM forward.


Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Morning Session

Session 1: Clean Power and Electric Future

The transformation of power systems is accelerating, driven by the need to decarbonize electricity systems and electrify the economy, and enabled by the advent of low-cost, abundant wind and solar energy, the rise of distributed energy resources and prosumers, and increasing digitalisation. This session will focus on accelerating the transition to clean power and increased electricity use.

Francesco La Camera

Director General, International Renewable Energy Agency

Bertrand Piccard
Co-Founder and Chair, Solar Impulse Foundation


Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Afternoon Session

Session 3: Workforces and Communities

Workers and communities are at the core of the clean energy transition. There is broad consensus that the transition needs to be just and inclusive and to identify economic opportunities for industry, workers and communities. This session will focus on examples of how the impacts of energy-transition decisions on workers and communities have been managed successfully and will provide a platform for CEM Ministers to share best practices from across the globe.

Hassan Yussuff

President, Canadian Labour Congress

Jane McDonald
Interim President and CEO, International Institute for Sustainable Development