The world faces two interrelated problems that the international community needs to address: Energy access and climate change.
- Energy access: 1.2 billion people (20% of the world’s population) do not have access to electricity and 2.8 billion people use solid fuel for cooking. Access to sustainable energy will facilitate progress in the areas of education, health, business, sustainable development and economic growth. Access to modern energy services is prerequisite for poverty reduction and equitable, inclusive growth.
- Climate change: The world faces serious challenges related to climate change and global warming. 60 % of global greenhouse gas emissions are related to energy production and consumption. If global warming is to be limited to 2oC, the increased demand for energy has to be met by renewable energy and improved energy efficiency to avoid increased greenhouse gas emissions.
Energy+ is an international partnership with a goal of addressing both challenges. Energy+ will provide financial support to developing countries based on increased access to renewable energy and measures taken to achieve this.
2.8 billion people still use charcoal and firewood for cooking and heating in an inefficient way, and energy-related pollution causes severe health effects. Photo: Gyro