2012 has been declared as the 'International Year of Sustainable Energy for All' by the UN.
Sustainable Energy for All is an initiative launched by the United Nations Secretary-General and guided by his High Level Group that brings all key actors to the table to make sustainable energy for all a reality by 2030.
Developed countries face the combined challenge and opportunity of transforming existing infrastructure, and developing countries have the opportunity to adopt cleaner, more efficient technology from the start.
These three objectives reinforce each other in many instances, and achieving the three together will power opportunity, maximize development benefits and help stabilize climate change.
|Objective 1. Ensure UNIVERSAL ACCESS to modern energy services.
1.3 billion people — one in five globally — lack electricity. 40% of the world's population rely on wood, coal, charcoal, or animal waste to cook their food.
|Objective 2. Double the global rate of improvement in ENERGY EFFICIENCY.
Energy efficiency—getting more from our existing resources— increases global resource productivity, supports economic growth, and reduces costs for all citizens. Investing in energy efficiency creates jobs, fosters economic growth and improves energy security for countries that lack domestic fossil fuel resources.
|Objective 3. Double the share of RENEWABLE ENERGY in the global energy mix.
Energy from renewable resources is inexhaustible and clean. Renewable energy currently constitutes 15% of the global energy mix. The costs of technologies to capture that energy are rapidly falling and becoming economically competitive with fossil fuels, while reducing the risk of climate change.
to learn more about the initiative, visit: sustainableenergyforall.org