Global Clean Energy Action Forum

This September in Pittsburgh, the U.S. will host the first ever Global Clean Energy Action Forum, 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 policy makers 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.

The Global Clean Energy Action Forum comes at a pivotal time. We are on the cusp of the most important transition human society has ever seen, and we need to look back at 2022 as the year the world took giant steps to build a new energy economy that benefits all, improve energy security, tackle climate change, and reap the rewards of a clean energy market that will exceed $23 trillion by the end of this decade.

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The BCSE and members will be participating at the Global Clean Energy Action Forum at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, in Pittsburgh, PA, September 21 – 23.  Below are events that the BCSE is co-hosting and see the full GCEAF Schedule for overall details. Please contact Laura Tierney at BCSE for more information or to schedule a meeting with members of the BCSE delegation.

A New Era for Advancing Buildings Decarbonization: Transforming Buildings and Communities
Thursday, September 22
1:45 – 2:45 pm,  Side Event Room 308

Hosted by: Business Council for Sustainable Energy, International Code Council, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and U.S. Green Building Council

Meeting climate goals requires extensive decarbonization of new and existing buildings. This panel will explore what is needed in a holistic policy approach including the adoption and enforcement of energy codes, as well as incentives, that will enable transformation to more climate-friendly buildings and meet climate commitments.

Panelists will discuss the intersection of buildings and the energy grid including energy storage, distributed storage, renewables, smart appliances, and electric vehicles, and other technologies and practices available to help building owners and operators to make the transition to cleaner energy alternatives.

The challenge of scaling existing building updates to reduce climate impacts and improve resilience such as through fire safety, as well as policy levers, will be explored. Overviews of available guides, rating systems, and standards applicable to energy storage and existing building energy performance will also be provided.


  • Lisa Jacobson, President, Business Council for Sustainable Energy
  • Ryan Colker, Vice President, Innovation, International Code Council
  • Meredydd Evans, Senior Staff Scientist and Team Lead, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Karim Selouane, Founder & CEO, RESALLIENCE/Vinci Construction and GlobalABC Adaptation WG Co-Chair
  • Liz Beardsley, Senior Policy Counsel, U.S. Green Building Council
  • Alejandro Moreno, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Renewable Power, Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy

Community Investment in the Clean Energy Transition: A Dialogue

Friday, September 23
11:30 am – 12:30 pm ET, Side Event Room 411

Hosted by: Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE), Edison Electric Institute (EEI), Capital Power, Duquesne Light Company, and National Grid

This event will explore how a range of decarbonization approaches and strategies can be implemented at the community level to support achieving net-zero goals. These community-driven opportunities include energy efficiency, transitioning to decarbonized power and fuels, and beneficial electrification, among others. The panelists will focus on how engagement with stakeholders and community leaders shapes their planning and investment strategies, and will discuss their experiences, what is already being done, lessons learned, and strategies for the future.


  • Lisa Jacobson, President, Business Council for Sustainable Energy
  • Kate Chisholm, Senior Vice President, Chief Strategy and Sustainability Officer, Capital Power
  • Christine Waller, Vice President, Communications and Corporate Responsibility, Duquesne Light Company
  • Brian Wolff, Chief Strategy Officer & Executive Vice President, Policy & External Affairs, Edison Electric Institute
  • Paula A. Gant, PhD, President and CEO, GTI Energy
  • Reihaneh Irani-Famili, Vice President Clean Energy Development & Infrastructure Investment, National Grid
  • Betony Jones, Director, Office of Energy Jobs, U.S. Department of Energy

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