Vancouver to Host Global Leaders
Environmental Ministers from over 25 countries will convene in Vancouver to accelerate progress towards a clean energy future.
Canada will host the 10th annual Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM10) and 4th annual Mission Innovation (MI4) in Vancouver, British Columbia May 27 - 29, 2019. This annual event welcomes ministers and high-level government delegates from over 24 countries and the European Union, as well as senior officials and leaders from international organizations and industry to advance the development and deployment of affordable clean energy, technology and innovation worldwide. They bring together energy ministers from approximately 24 member countries and the European Union, and provide a robust stage to accelerate global clean energy innovation and uptake.
As host country, Canada is taking part in the following initiatives and campaigns:
- Smart Energy Challenge: A Canada–U.K.-led initiative to support breakthrough projects in smart grid and energy storage adoption designed to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy, whereby Canada will contribute $10 million and the U.K. up to £6 million, totalling just over $20 million.
- International Renewable Energy Agency: Canada announced its intention to join IRENA, the largest global intergovernmental organization promoting the widespread deployment of the sustainable use of renewable energy.
- Clean Energy Education and Empowerment “Equal by 30” Campaign: A Canadian–Swedish effort to advance gender equality and encourage governments and the private sector to sign on to the principles of “equal pay, equal opportunity, equal leadership by 2030.”
- Nuclear Innovation–Clean Energy Future: An initiative led by Canada, the United States and Japan to bring nuclear to broader low-carbon energy discussions, including a focus on innovative applications such as nuclear–renewable hybrid energy systems and small modular reactors.
- Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage (CCUS): A 10-country initiative to accelerate the use of CCUS technologies and increase commercialization and market opportunities for products derived from CO2.
- Global EV Pilot Cities Program: A global initiative to provide opportunities for cities to showcase their leading EV activities in a global context. To date, seven Canadian cities have joined this international network: Surrey and Richmond, B.C.; Calgary, Alberta; Winnipeg, Manitoba; Montreal, Quebec; Halifax, Nova Scotia; and Stratford, P.E.I.
- Power System Flexibility Campaign: a global effort to bring more renewable energy into a smarter grid.
“Canada will continue to work with partner countries, international organizations and the private sector where clean energy innovation can drive economic growth and help build a low-carbon future,” said Kim Rudd Parliamentary Secretary to Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources. “We need to accelerate these efforts, through strengthened multilateral collaboration, if we are to meet our climate change commitments and enable a clean energy future.”
The event, which will be hosted in the west building of the Vancouver Convention Centre, will include an Innovation Showcase featuring dynamic exhibits, presentations and activities that will create business and investment opportunities around clean energy technologies, services and programs from Canada and abroad, and an Innovation Theatre featuring engaging presentations and media announcements to further engage the business community, government, media, and civil society over the two days the showcase is open.