Clean energy and innovation leaders meet in Goa with G20

Clean energy and innovation leaders meet in Goa with G20

Goa: On Wednesday, the 8th Mission Innovation (MI8) and the 14th Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM14) were both officially opened. Together, we are advancing clean energy as the event’s theme.

The event is slated to coincide with the G20 Energy Transitions Ministerial Conference in July 2023 and will take place from July 19 to July 22.

The ceremony’s opening remarks were made by Abhay Bakre, the director general of the Bureau of Energy Efficiency and Sherpa for CEM14. The chair of CEM/MI and the nation that hosted the event last year, the United States, gave the opening speech.

Julie Cerqueira, the chair of Mission Innovation, spoke on the CEM/MI tools and how India fits into them. 

“CEM/MI not only works to mobilize dialogue and political commitments but they give us the tools, knowledge, and access to world-class expertise that allows us all to take action,” she said.

The Brazilian government is committed to using the outcomes and key messages of this ministerial and continuing the efforts to solidify CEM/MI as the implementation platform for advancing the energy transition through cooperation, according to Thiago Barral, Secretary for Energy Transition and Planning at the Ministry of Mines and Energy of Brazil.

“Brazil will follow India in this innovation which is working to leverage CEM/MI through G20 and vice versa,” he added.

In his statement, Jean Francois, the head of the CEM Secretariat, stated that CEM/MI is a special vehicle that can produce tangible results to meet future political problems and aspirations.

For us to understand the necessary measures, he continued, “India’s visionary leadership and bringing this action-focused meeting linked with the political goal setting mechanism of the G20.”

According to him, this demonstrates both a bottom-up and a top-down strategy for resolving major problems.

In her speech, Eleanor Webster, the head of the MI Secretariat, stated that India played a key role in the design of MI and that eight years later, public investment in clean energy innovation has increased significantly. She also spoke about the creation of a global network for clean energy leaders.

A global initiative called MI was launched by 23 nations and the European Commission to hasten the transition to a net-zero energy future and advance the clean energy revolution. The core goal of MI is to jumpstart a decade of action and investment in research, development, and demonstration to make clean energy accessible, appealing, and affordable for everyone.

The PGCIL CMD, K Srikanth, attended the inaugural event as well. Anita Gupta, host of MI, Government of India, gave the final remarks.

The four-day program will include high-level ministerial dialogues, global initiative launches, award announcements, minister-CEO roundtables, and a wide range of side events covering various themes of the clean energy transition.

The meetings will bring together governments, international organizations, the private sector, academia, innovators, civil society, early career researchers, and policymakers.

A public technology exhibition showcasing cutting-edge developments in clean energy from India and other countries will also be presented at CEM14/MI8. On July 21, 2023, the ministerial plenaries are set, and on July 22, the G20 Energy Transition Ministerial Conference will follow immediately after.

The CEM is a high-level worldwide platform for advancing clean energy policies and programs, exchanging best practices and lessons learned, and promoting the shift to a clean energy economy. Initiatives are built around topics that attract participating governments and other stakeholders in the same way.