On May 27, during the sixth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM6) in Mrida, Mexico, a Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) Awards ceremony honored several global clean energy innovators working to advance appliance energy efficiency, smart grid technology, and clean energy education and empowerment. Energy ministers and other high-level delegates from 22 countries and the European Commission recognized recipients outstanding clean energy policy and technology achievements.
The CEM Awards provide critical recognition and visibility for key issues and achievements in clean energy. They are a crucial way for the CEM to encourage clean energy innovation, catalyze markets toward highly effective and efficient clean energy solutions, and build and recognize clean energy leadership.
During todays ceremony, Minister Wan Gang of Chinas Ministry of Science and Technology presented CEM Awards showcasing highly energy-efficient electric motors. A 4-kilowatt and an 11-kilowatt electric motor from Nanyang Explosion Protection Group Company Limited from Henan Province, P.R. China, each won an international Global Efficiency Medal (awarded by the CEMs Super-efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment initiative). Because motor-driven systems account for 40 percent of global electricity consumption, greater efficiency can provide significant opportunities for reducing energy consumption, carbon emissions, and reliance on fossil fuels.
Energy Minister Ibrahim Baylan of Swedens Ministry of Environment and Energy presented CEM Awards for smart grid innovation (awarded as the ISGAN Award of Excellence) to the GRID4EU Large-scale Demonstration of European Smart Distributions Networks project. Exemplifying the 2015 theme of Excellence in Smart Grids for Renewable Energy Integration, GRID4EU used demand management and grid automation to improve the integration of renewables on medium- and low-voltage electricity networks and identify best practice solutions for the rest of Europe. Six major European smart grid demonstration projects pooled their experience and expertise through GRID4EU to achieve the common ambition of a smarter and greener grid. During the CEM Awards ceremony, two additional smart grid projects were recognized with honorable mentions: The DS Delivering a Secure, Sustainable Electricity System project submitted by Eirgrid Plc (Ireland) and the Smart Grid Station of Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) project, submitted by KEPCO.
Finally, Engineer Fatima Al Foora, the Assistant Undersecretary for Electricity, Clean Energy, and Desalinated Water Affairs from the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Energy, highlighted the CEMs Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) initiative. The C3E initiative aims to advance gender equality in the clean energy sector.
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