Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM): Cooperation on solar energy

Worker Installing Solar Panels

The CEM process has been initiated by the US, following the creation of ten so-called Technology Action Plans (TAPs) in the framework of the Major Economies Forum. Their aim was to present “state of the art”-reports on clean technologies, combined with an analysis of barriers to the global deployment of these technologies as well as concrete recommendations for action to overcome the barriers. Germany and Spain co-lead the work on the TAP for solar energy. adelphi supported the creation of this TAP.

At the first CEM in Washington in 2011, various initiatives to follow up on the recommendations for action in the TAPs were founded. The focus of the annual CEM conferences is the presentation of progress and results of the initiatives. Germany, together with Spain and Denmark, is leading one initiative, the Multilateral Working Group for Solar and Wind Energy. The Working Group is active in the following fields: Creation of a Global Solar and Wind Atlas displaying the existing solar and wind resource potentials combined with policy and socio-economic data on global maps in a web portal; development of a joint long-term strategy for capacity building, substantiated by three pilot projects; analysis of opportunities for economic value creation along the solar and wind value chains.

adelphi will continue to support the activities of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) in the Working Group and accompany its involvement in the overall CEM process.