Sustainable Energy for All empowers leaders to broker partnerships and unlock finance to achieve universal access to sustainable energy, as a contribution to a cleaner, just and prosperous world for all.
In September 2015, the world’s leaders came together to agree on 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). One of those goals, SDG 7, calls for us to secure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all by 2030.
Three months later, at the 2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21), 195 nations negotiated an historic climate agreement—one that declared that not only do we need to hold the increase in the global average temperature to “well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels” but we also need to pursue efforts to limit the increase to 1.5°C.
Energy is central to social and economic well-being. Yet more than 1 billion people have no access to electricity, while over 3 billion people have to cook with polluting, inefficient fuels such as firewood. And without rapid progress on SDG 7, it will impossible to deliver on other SDGs by 2030.
Energy is also the dominant contributor to climate change.
SEforALL exists to meet this dual challenge: reducing the carbon intensity of energy while making it available to everyone on the planet.
Based on previous successful collaboration SEforALL and ARE have agreed to step up their commitment by entering into an official 3-year Partnership agreement.
During this period, SEforALL and ARE will collaborate through specifically tailored interventions which lie on the critical path as identified by the Global Tracking Framework (2017) to enhance global efforts to promote a level-playing field for decentralised clean energy technology and business solutions, reflecting the common vision that everyone should have access to affordable, secure and clean energy by 2030.
Furthermore, this agreement expresses the intention of the Parties to enable collaboration amongst each other’s partners, and where appropriate, around topics relating to energy access such as expanding off-grid power activities in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
The 4th ARE Energy Access Investment Forum in Sicily on 13-15 March 2018 has been identified as a key deliverable to enhance global efforts to promote decentralised clean energy technology and business solutions.
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