IRENA at 11th Clean Energy Ministerial and 5th Mission Innovation Ministerial

16 – 23 September 2020 |Virtual, Event


Ahead of the annual back-to-back meetings of 11th Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM11) on 22 September and 5th Mission Innovation Ministerial (MI-5) on 23 September hosted by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, a series of virtual, open to public side-events took place on key energy topics. IRENA organised and participated in the following events: 

16 September 2020 | 11:30 – 12:40 UTC+3
Achieving a circular carbon economy through multilateral collaboration
The KSA G20 Presidency has proposed the Circular Carbon Economy (CCE) approach to seek to accelerate transitions to more sustainable and cleaner energy systems. This event explored the CCE approach and give the importance of multilateral collaboration in accelerating clean energy transitions. In particular it featured several of the technologies and thematic areas that are also addressed in CEM and MI.

18 September 2020 | 14:00 – 15:30 UCT+3 
Tracking progress and demonstrating impacts of clean energy innovation through innovation output indicators
This joined EC and IRENA event explored ways of tracking clean energy innovation output and outcomes indicators. It aimed to update MI members on progress with new initiatives in support of the MI Tracking Progress workstream, seek feedback on those approaches and provide a forum to share and discuss national experiences and expectations.

18 September 2020 | 16:00 – 17:00 UTC+3 
Raising global climate ambition in uncertain times with long-term energy scenario
This open event sought to discuss how mid- and long-term energy scenarios (LTES) can aid policymakers to navigate through disruptive events and help guide short-term decision making. It was hosted by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and featured the CEM campaign on “Long-term Energy Scenario for the Clean Energy Transition” (LTES Campaign).

21 September | 16:00 – 17:30 UTC+3 
Passing the tipping point: the next decade of clean energy cooperation
The high-level event discussed how outcome-orientated international cooperation over the next decade can accelerate real-world transitions across different sectors of the global economy. The event set out the UK’s COP26 Presidency vision, and with reference to historic examples of success and case studies, speakers demonstrated the value of countries coming together behind cooperative action to fast-track global energy systems transitions. Prior to the important discussions at the 11th Clean Energy Ministerial and 5th Mission Innovation Ministerial, this event highlighted the importance of clean energy innovation and deployment to achieving a sustainable, resilient and affordable clean energy future, and to meeting climate goals.

22 September 2020 | 14:00 – 17:30 UTC+3
CEM11 Ministerial Plenary
The event brought ministers from 25 CEM member countries around the theme of “supporting the recovery, shaping the future”, and focus on actions to achieve the CEM's mission of accelerating clean energy transitions. This year’s CEM was hosted by KSA Minister of Energy, co-located with G20 with G20 Energy Ministerial. (Planned CEM11 in Chile in June cancelled due to COVID-19. Chile and KSA agreed to switch hosting of CEM11 and CEM12.)

23 September 2020 | 14:00 – 17:00 UTC+3 (with live stream between 16:30 – 17:00)
MI-5 Ministerial Plenary
The event gathered ministers from 25 MI members including the EU and focused on actions to achieve the MI’s mission of accelerating clean energy innovation. This year’s MI was hosted by KSA Minister of Energy, co-located with G20 with G20 Energy Ministerial. (Planned MI-5 in Chile in June cancelled due to COVID-19. Chile and KSA agreed to switch hosting of MI-5 and Mi-6.)

More information on events details, please follow the link.