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July 21, 2010

DOE Helps Launch Global Initiatives at First Clean Energy Ministerial Meeting

The United States is helping launch 11 international clean energy initiatives, DOE announced on July 20. These new programs will cut energy waste, help deploy smart grid and electric vehicle technologies, support renewable energy markets, expand access to clean energy resources and jobs, and support women pursuing careers in clean energy. Announced during the first Clean Energy Ministerial, a two-day gathering in Washington, D.C., these endeavors offer partners concrete technical actions to promote economic growth while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants. The initiatives will eliminate the need to build more than 500 mid-sized power plants worldwide over the next 20 years. Ministers from 23 governments and the United States, representing more than 80% of the world energy consumption, participated. Those same countries also account for a similar percentage of the global market for clean energy technologies and are accelerating the global transition to a clean energy and low-carbon future.

As part of the "Global Energy Efficiency Challenge," an endeavor highlighted at the gathering, the United States is leading projects that will deploy super-efficient appliances, improve industrial and building efficiency for large-scale facilities, implement smart grid technologies, and help put millions of electric vehicles on the roads. For example, under the Super-efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment (SEAD) Initiative, governments will work with the private sector to encourage buyers to choose super-efficient appliances. At the same time, SEAD—focusing on lighting and televisions—will back stronger appliance standards that push the most inefficient machines off the market. In the public-private Global Superior Energy Performance Partnership, participants will encourage operators of large buildings and industrial facilities to measure and manage energy by establishing certification programs to recognize facilities that adopt approved energy management systems and achieve significant efficiency improvements.

In the transportation sector, the Electric Vehicles Initiative will enhance global cooperation on the development and deployment of electric vehicles. According to the International Energy Agency, this outreach will help put participating countries on the path to deploying at least 20 million electric vehicles by 2020 and reducing global oil consumption by roughly one billion barrels over the next decade.

A majority of governments at the gathering joined the International Smart Grid Action Network, which could support the spread of electric vehicles, improve the reliability of the electrical system, promote the growth of renewable energy, and help consumers and businesses reduce their energy use. Governments also came together in an additional seven initiatives that will support the growing global market for renewable energy and carbon capture technologies; bring solar LED lanterns to more than 10 million of the world's poorest citizens by 2015; launch virtual clean energy solutions centers to help developing countries transition to low-carbon technologies; and encourage young women to pursue careers in clean energy. See the DOE press release and Ministerial fact sheet (PDF 76 KB), and the DOE Energy Blog Ministerial discussion Web site. Download Adobe Reader.