Article | Last updated: 2012-05-11
One person in five on the planet still lacks access to modern electricity. Twice that number – three billion people – rely on wood, coal, charcoal or animal waste for cooking and heating. In a global economy, this is inequitable and unsustainable.
- Energy access for all is a priority for Norway. We support the UN Secretary-General’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative.
- Sustainable energy for all requires innovation, new partnerships and incentives that encourage sustainable choices. Partnerships with the private sector will be crucial. We must look beyond ODA.
- The International Energy and Climate Initiative (Energy+) will support efforts to achieve universal access to sustainable energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in developing partner countries.
In developed countries the problem is one of waste, not shortage, due to inefficient energy use. Throughout the world, excessive dependence on fossil-fuel based energy also contributes significantly to the dangerous warming of our planet. The key to the dual challenge of waste and shortage of energy is to provide sustainable energy for all – energy that is accessible, cleaner and more efficient.
Sustainable energy provides new opportunities for growth during the economic downturn. Sustainable energy enables businesses to grow, generate jobs, and create new markets. Countries can grow more resilient, competitive economies.
Women must be able to participate fully and equally in the economy and in decision-making processes if the goals for economic growth and sustainable development are to be achieved. The way families obtain energy can be decisive in enabling women to participate actively in working life and education, and to establish their own enterprises, participate in networks and have control over their own lives.
Sustainable Energy for All
Investing in energy – Energy+
The International Energy and Climate Initiative – Energy+ is an international partnership that coordinates and promotes efforts and financing in accordance with the Energy+ Guiding Principles. The partnership is open to all organisations and countries that contribute towards the goals of the Energy+ partnership. Thus, Energy+ partners are self-selecting. Wherever possible, Energy+ partners will work through existing programmes and institutions, thereby limiting transaction costs and speeding up progress. The partnership aims to increase access to energy and reduce or avoid greenhouse gas emissions by increasing access to energy services from renewable energy and increasing energy efficiency.
Energy+ is an instrument that could contribute to the achievement of the objectives of the SE4ALL initiative. The UN Secretary-General has expressed his strong support for the Energy+ initiative.