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CEM matters 

 Newsletter #1 

September 2018

Welcome to our inaugural CEM Newsletter – CEM matters.

So much is happening across all of CEM work streams – new commitments, achievements, workshops, webinars and other activities. Every quarter, in a bid to identify synergies and collaboration opportunities among the work streams, we will be sharing with you important updates, CEM successes as well as upcoming events from CEM initiatives and campaigns. Please note, that in addition to CEM-specific events, we also included a number of events organised by others as they might also be relevant. 

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CEM Secretariat

Initiatives and campaigns in the spotlight

Electric Vehicles - The United Kingdom and seven major companies joined the EV30@30 campaign, which aims to speed up the deployment of electric vehicles and target at least 30 percent new electric vehicle sales by 2030.

The expanded membership will strengthen the collective and coordinated approach to meeting the EV30@30 objectives. With the UK, the campaign now has the support of most of the largest EV markets worldwide. The existing members are Canada, China, Finland, France, India, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden.
Find out more here

Smart grids- Nominations are now open for the fifth ISGAN Award of Excellence competition, sponsored by the International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN), in partnership with the Global Smart Grid Federation (GSGF). The award will recognise excellence in innovation, integration, and transformation of smart grid systems.

Recognising the critical importance and the role of smart grids sustaining a reliable and resilient grid through integration. Any organisation with experiences of energy systems, ISGAN has chosen “Smart Grids for Local Integrated Energy Systems (Smart Microgrids)” as the theme of the 2019 Award of Excellence.ofpilot, demonstration and deployment projects focusing on the local integrated energy systems (microgrids) are invited to participate The submission deadline is 15 November 2018. To find out more, click here.

Distributed Generation - Mexico, together with its global and regional partners, is conducting a needs analysis throughout Latin America to determine where the DG Campaign can have the greatest impact on the deployment of clean distributed generation. This needs analysis surveyed Latin American energy officials, policymakers, and regulatory staff, in order to identify the most important drivers, barriers, and support needs for distributed generation in their country. To access the survey in English click here and for Spanish, click here. 

The Distributed Generations Campaign is also organising a Study Tour in early November – click here for more information.

Nuclear-  NICE Future Initiative: Kick off webinar took place on September 6

The September 6 webinar meeting was a working-level discussion for the nine countries that have joined the Nuclear Innovation: Clean Energy Future (NICE Future) initiative.  Countries discussed their clean energy priorities and plans related to advanced nuclear systems, both electric and non-electric, including those that enable integrated energy systems (such as nuclear-renewables systems), innovative applications, storage, and uses. The countries also discussed an array of activities and work products planned to demonstrate momentum to Ministers at CEM10 in May 2019, in Vancouver, Canada. Participants welcomed possible synergies and links between the NICE Future initiative and other related work streams under the CEM. The new initiative is building traction, with a series of invitations to its Participants to introduce the NICE Future vision in events and workshops around the world. The NICE Future team invites the CEM community to join the webinar series (any past webinars are replayable), underway. For more information about upcoming events, please contact or


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Upcoming events from September to December 

Events in September
CEM CCUS Initiative Webinar on “CCUS in Mexico for a Low Carbon Economy”
September 19 
September 20
Vienna, Austria
September 26
EVI Autumn Advisory Board meeting
September 28
Kobe, Japan 
September 30 – October 3 
Jeju, Korea
Events in October
October 3-4
Moscow, Russia
October 5
Moscow, Russia 
October 4
October 15-19
Vienna, Austria
October 15-26
Melbourne, Australia
October 18-19
Suzhou, China
October 18-19
Suzhou, China
October 19
Suzhou, China
October 20
Suzhou, China
October 21-25
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herezgovina
October 22-25
Vienna, Austria
October 24-25
Santiago, Chile
For all CEM events, including November and December, click here

In case you missed it...

CEM9 highlights

CEM9 - The Clean Energy Ministerial expanded its ambitions even further at CEM9, with members launching eight new areas of work. See the highlights of the event here. 


CEM and the Private Sector 

The Clean Energy Ministerial fully recognises the essential role of the private sector and seeks to leverage its expertise, influence, and capital. The private sector partners are encouraged to provide high-level policy input as well as practical expertise and to participate directly in the technical work of the CEM. See how we work with the private sector here. 

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