Global clean energy conference kicks off with energy, enthusiasm for change

PITTSBURGH — Nearly three dozen top energy officials from around the world and hundreds of CEOs were welcomed Wednesday evening to PIttsburgh as the site of the first-ever Global Clean Energy Action Forum designed to jumpstart decarbonization and the energy transition.

The forum, which is being sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and Carnegie Mellon University, is also the site of the joint meeting of clean-energy governmental powerhouses the Clean Energy Ministerial and Mission Innovation. They’re all focused on ways to decarbonize heavy industry, energy and all other walks of life to reduce the effects of climate change.

U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm told the opening night session, held along with a VIP reception, at the Heinz History Center in the Strip District that she and the Department of Energy wanted to make sure the forum brought up solutions and didn’t just rehash the problems. She said Pittsburgh was a prime place to be.

“We chose Pittsburgh for a reason,” Granholm said. “Pittsburgh of course is a symbol of a place-based strategy, a community that was transformed intentionally and with leadership second to none.”

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