With less than two months to go before the Rio+20 U.N. conference in Brazil, which many hope will breathe new life into the sustainable development agenda, the two-day Clean Energy Ministerial meeting is being hailed as a major opportunity to set the stage with a range of bilateral initiatives expected to be announced on projects across the renewable energy spectrum.
Furthering that hope is the fact that running in parallel to the ministerial gathering, a special high-level group set up by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to promote his Sustainable Energy for All initiative is also meeting in London, with the two groups coming together today.
Energy ministers from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden and the United Arab Emirates are at the conference, being hosted by U.K. Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey and U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu.
They will discuss behind closed doors with representatives of industry and financial institutions topics from energy efficiency to electric vehicles, carbon capture and storage, the whole range of issues involving renewables, access to energy and smart grids.
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