Day: Monday, 5th October 2015
Time: 16:30 – 18:00
Room: Ballroom East
More than a decade into the 21st century, 1.2 billion people around the world have no access to electricity, and the many development benefits it brings. A billion more only have intermittent access. These people rely on costly, outdated technologies that are harmful to their health and hinder their opportunities for social and economic advancement.
Clean and affordable modern energy revolutionizes lives—improving health, saving time, enabling education, decreasing vulnerability to violence, and empowering women. Sustainable energy enables businesses to grow, generates jobs, and creates new markets. Countries can grow more resilient, competitive economies; with sustainable energy, they can leapfrog over the limits of the energy systems of the past and build the clean energy economies of the future. Development is not possible without energy, and sustainable development is not possible without sustainable energy.
To address this challenge, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiative in 2011 to mobilise stakeholders to take concrete action toward three critical objectives to be achieved by 2030: ensuring universal access to modern energy services; doubling the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency; and doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.
Questions to be addressed by the session
- What will it take to achieve SE4All’s three energy objectives globally by 2030?
- How can we reach scale in the energy access sector in a uniform, sustainable and replicable way when decentralised energy solutions are by nature geography and context dependent? Is it realistic to expect harmonisation of global standards and evaluation metrics for a given technology to assist in this?
- For achieving real scale in the decentralised energy sector, what are some concrete measures to ensure coordination of off-grid energy policies at the national, local and regional levels? Can countries with similar needs or resources work together to build their rural electrification plans?
- How can the international community channel and aggregate financing for the sector, especially for companies in the challenging mid-life phase? What are some innovative financing mechanisms, including an energy access fund that could assist in this?
- Are mini-/micro-grids viable, scalable and most economical solutions for a more permanent approach to providing energy access, particularly in rural settings, to reach IEA’s estimate that over 40% of installed capacity to achieve universal energy access by 2030?
- Mr. Mahama Kappiah, Executive Director, ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE)
- Mr. Mike Enskat, Head of Section Energy, Water and Transport, Deutsche Gesellschaft für International Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Germany
- Mr. Robert Aitken, Managing Director, Restio Energy, South Africa (tbc)
- Ms. Grace Mukasa, Regional Director, Practical Action Eastern Africa
- Mr. Koen Peters, Executive Director, Global Off-Grid Lighting Association (GOGLA)
- Mr. Daniel Schroth, Coordinator, SE4All Africa Hub