Brussels, 3 December 2015 - Today, the Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE), on behalf of the decentralised renewable energy industry working in developing countries, calls on all government leaders gathered at COP21 to take immediate, results-oriented and binding action to tackle climate change.

Our expectations for the governments participating in COP21 can be summarised as follows:

  1. In order to green the electricity supply and help realise the transition to a prosperous and sustainable society, ARE calls on all decision-makers to invest in distributed renewable energy technologies, which are readily available to meet small to medium scale electricity demands, thus constituting a genuine clean solution which also contributes to climate resilience.
  2. In addition, ARE expects a strong political and financial commitment to research and development (R&D), so that private actors are incentivised to continually improve renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies and services, as well as capacity building measures to bring people in the developing world into the position to take initiative and responsibility by themselves.
  3. Finally, as the fight against climate change and the transition to sustainable societies necessitates a grand alliance between political, business and civil society actors, ARE expects that broad consultation and coordination processes with all relevant actors become the norm, to ensure that all voices can be heard and to facilitate a swift and efficient response to the world’s most pressing challenge.