September 21-23, 2022

Program Overview

The Global Clean Energy Action Forum, is a joint convening of the 13th Clean Energy Ministerial and 7th Mission Innovation ministerial. Governments, international organizations, the private sector, academia, innovators, civil society, and early career researchers and policymakers will join together in a three-day event that features a high-level plenary, topical roundtables with energy and science ministers from 31 countries, CEOs and experts, side events, technology demonstrations, and other activities.


Opening Ceremony for Government Delegates and VIPs

The opening ceremony for government delegates and VIPs will feature an exciting program to kick off the conference. This includes a welcome by the host, U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm, and local event partners, such as President Jahanian of Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and local elected officials. International youth delegates, representing the future economy and workers will share remarks which will conclude with a surprise guest speaker. The ceremony will be preceded by a reception with live music and will close with a private dinner.

Main Stage Plenaries

The Global Clean Energy Action Forum will feature an invitation-only plenary event for ministers and other high-level participants on September 22 to explore the challenges and opportunities of the clean energy transition.  At least two additional plenaries open to all participants will be held at the convention center in the Spirit of Pittsburgh ballroom from September 22-23, focused on Rapid Innovation and Deployment – the forum’s theme – and International Collaboration to Accelerate the Clean Energy Transition.  Plenary forums are opportunities for ministers, CEOs and other high-level representatives to share their strategies and experiences, as well as make announcements. Plenary events will feature multimedia elements, keynote speakers, panels and fireside chats. Awards will be presented to clean energy leaders during the morning plenary on September 23. That same day, a closing ceremony open to all participants will end the conference.


On September 22, topical roundtables will convene ministers, CEOs and other high-profile participants for candid, invitation-only discussions on nine topics: buildings’ energy efficiency, bioenergy, nuclear, just transition, power system transformation, transportation, hydrogen, industrial decarbonization, and carbon management. Three roundtables will be held concurrently over three total sessions with each roundtable having 15-20 high-level participants and lasting an hour.  

Participants will be selected by organizers based on objective criteria that will take into account the appropriate expertise, knowledge, and diversity of views that will contribute to dynamic, outcomes-focused discussions. The schedule of the roundtables will be determined based on requests from ministers. We will attempt to maximize the opportunity for ministers to join their priority roundtables. Please note that while the organizers will endeavor to accommodate preferences, it may not always be possible due to the many variables at play (number restrictions, geographic balance, diversity, etc.) A session note with guiding questions will be circulated in advance for each roundtable.

Creating the Energy Future Forum (CEFF)

The Creating the Energy Future Forum seeks to bring young professionals together with decision-makers in industry, government and civil society to share solutions and explore how they can be part of the clean energy revolution. CEFF will be comprised of a youth delegation representing a geographically-diverse group of these professionals, as well as a CEFF plenary and a series of side events. CEFF events will be open to all Global Clean Energy Action Forum registrants interested in engaging with young professionals.

Learn more about additional events happening throughout the Global Clean Energy Action Forum

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