Berkeley Lab Initiative Opens Clean Energy Ministerial
In July, ministers from 24 governments met for two days in Washington, D.C., at the first Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM), to spur a global transition to clean energy. The attendees represented more than 80 percent of the world's energy consumption (and a commensurate market for clean energy technologies). In all, 11 new initiatives were launched to help bring clean energy technologies to both developed and developing countries.
Participating in this historic event were Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) researchers Jayant Sathaye, Leader, and Amol Phadke, Principle Scientific Engineering Associate, of the Environmental Energy Technology Division's (EETD's) International Energy Studies group; and Aimee McKane, Senior Program Manager of the Industrial Partnerships program.
Supporting Deployment of Advanced Technologies
The first initiative announced at the ministerial was the Super-Efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment (SEAD) initiative, presented by U.S. Secretary of Energy and former Berkeley Lab Director Steven Chu. This initiative had grown out of an efficiency partnership that Sathaye and Phadke were conducting with India on a state level since 2006. Jim McMahon, Head of the Energy Analysis Department, participated in coordinating the effort with analysis of appliance standards. Sathaye recounts, "As it grew to a national level, we realized it could be expanded to multiple countries, and we proposed that to DOE in October 2009." A few months later, Secretary Chu announced the effort at the Copenhagen climate summit, and it was adopted at the CEM.
The initiative seeks to establish common super-efficiency standards for key appliances, so that major manufacturers will design and produce super-efficient products to meet that market demand. The initiative is first focusing on televisions, fans, air conditioners, and lighting products, since those products consume a large chunk of the electricity used in the participating countries. To complement the strong appliance standards, the initiative also focuses on helping participant countries develop incentives that will help convince consumers to buy these technologies.
"Since the initiative was announced," says Phadke, "there is significantly more cooperation from other countries." At last count, twelve countries and the European Commission were participating, and it is expected that the program will expand and that even non-participating countries will benefit. "We expect that there will be a lot of spill-over benefits," says Phadke. Sathaye agrees. "Smaller, poorer countries will benefit as well," he says. "Manufacturing is concentrated, and they're not going to run a separate production line to supply a small market."
Supporting Energy Efficiency in Industrial Buildings
Another initiative announced at the CEM was an international partnership for energy efficiency that is based on the Global Superior Energy Performance (GSEP) Partnership that McKane has been designing with the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Industrial Technologies Program over the past four years. This international effort will help large buildings and industrial facilities measure and reduce their energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. They plan to accomplish this through an internationally recognized certification program, public-private task groups targeting energy-intensive industries, promoting the best technologies and practices, standardizing protocols, facilitating communication among stakeholders, and promoting the adoption of cool roofs. It is estimated that the large buildings and industrial facilities that this initiative addresses account for nearly 60 percent of all global energy use.
For more information:
The Clean Energy Ministerial website.
The Clean Energy Ministerial Summary Fact Sheet [PDF]
The Clean Energy Ministerial Press Fact Sheet [PDF]
Fact Sheet: The Global Superior Energy Performance Partnership [PDF]