The United States hosted the seventh Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM7) in San Francisco, California. CEM7 brings the global energy policymakers together with visionaries once a year from more than 25 countries to collaborate with business and investment communities or creating clean energy.
The International Energy Agency (IEA) was present at the CEM7, “Cities today are home to about half the global population but represent almost two-thirds of global energy demand and 70% of carbon emissions from the energy sector, so they must play a leading role if COP21 commitments are to be achieved,” IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol said at the launch of the report during the Clean Energy Ministerial in San Francisco. “Because cities are centres of economic growth and innovation, they are ideal test-beds for new technologies – from more sustainable transport systems to smart grids – that will help lead the transition to a low-carbon energy sector.”
I have asked State and Federal employees to comment on Donald Trump’s, presumptive nominee of the Republican Party for President of the United States in the 2016 election, energy plan called An America first energy plan, but none would comment. At the IEA conference I asked Birol what would happen if certain energy plans were to be rescinded, the ones Donald Trump said he would rescind. Birol didn’t get it at first, but once he realized what I was asking, he answered, and Kamel Ben Naceur, Director of Sustainable Energy Policy and Technology, IEA, chimed in as well.