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By Rachel Kyte, CEO and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL)
When future generations look back on 2017, they might mention in passing politically unstable backdrops, be it in Kenya or America. But the history books will be written for the ages about the positive disruptions and innovations in tackling the world’s thorniest sustainability challenges, many of them tied to the Sustainable Development Goals. These changes, long lasting and profound mega trends, will be what the year is remembered for.
These shifts leave me feeling optimistic about achieving our ambitious goals of leaving no one behind in the clean energy future and stabilizing our global climate under the Paris Climate Agreement.
Bigger forces are in play that have our global economy pointing irreversibly down a path powered by solar, wind and other sustainable energy and less by coal, oil and other fossil fuels. The only question is how quickly we can accelerate this shift – much of it being catalyzed by the private sector – and for whom.
This cannot be a transition of have’s and have nots. Disenfranchised populations such as out-of-work coal miners, refugees and people living beyond the reach of electric grids must all be part of our sustainable energy future.
In recognition of Sustainable Development Goal 7, which calls for universal access to sustainable energy by 2030, here are 8 reasons why I believe we can achieve a sustainable energy future that leaves no one behind:
Success and innovation are spreading everywhere on SDG7 goals. As more women, more enterprises and more governments embrace clean energy, clean transportation and other forms of sustainable energy, we can move ever closer to our vision of affordable, reliable clean energy for all. The challenges ahead are daunting and 2018 will be a critical take-stock year, but I am optimistic we are on the right path.
Happy peaceful holidays for all.
Photo: Tesla turns power back on at San Juan’s Hospital del Niño (Children’s Hospital).
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Tell us about GOGLA – what is your mission?
GOGLA is the voice of the off-grid solar energy industry. As the sector’s industry association, our mission is to help our 110 members to build sustainable markets, made up of successful companies, delivering quality, affordable off-grid electricity products and services to as many customers as possible across the developing world.
How do you partner with SEforALL?
SEforALL and GOGLA became official partners earlier this year, working together in key areas such as policy and strategy, promotion of each other’s activities and sharing insights into the energy access and off-grid solar sectors. Even before the official launch of our partnership, GOGLA held a shared vision with SEforAll, worked closely with the organization, and regularly contributed to and attended the Sustainable Energy for All Forum.
What do you believe is key to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7) by 2030?
We strongly believe in partnerships as a key enabler of progress towards SDG7, particularly between the private and public sector. What we need is a bold coalition of policy-makers, companies, financiers and civil society seizing the opportunities offered by rapidly deployable decentralized renewable energy solutions such as off-grid solar.
How does GOGLA support SDG7 action?
The solutions offered by GOGLA members, such as solar lanterns and solar home systems, have brought entry-level energy access to at least 120 million people since 2010. GOGLA supports SDG7 by helping its members to scale and run successful companies. Currently, its focus is on creating an enabling policy environment in key markets, facilitating access to finance and coordinating activities in consumer protection and quality assurance. GOGLA also regularly hosts sector events such as the Global Off-Grid Solar Forum & Expo to facilitate networking and knowledge sharing within the sector.
What do you think is the priority area to advance the off-grid sector?
Thanks to technological advances and business innovations, the off-grid solar energy sector has experienced considerable growth despite sometimes unfavorable policy environments and market conditions. There is still a great need to convince more governments and organizations that off-grid solar can offer a faster and reliable path (than traditional grid based technology) towards universal energy access by 2030. GOGLA’s partnership with SEforALL will play a pivotal role in achieving exactly that.
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Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) 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.
Partnerships are critical to this vision and, support accelerated progress towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal 7. We are constantly identifying new partners to work with who can assist in delivering our objective of “further and faster.” This entails the development of a broad, highly focused platform that delivers results in energy access, renewables and energy efficiency.
By being part of SEforALL, partners gain access to
Strategic insight on where work will matter most
Access to a communications platform that will tell your story
An extensive global network
Access to the SEforALL marketplace of ideas and action.
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The Partnerships Framework of SEforALL provides the strategic direction of the Sustainable Energy for All platform in working with Partners.
Partnerships are the essence of SEforALL. As a global, multi-stakeholder platform with a unique relationship with the United Nations, SEforALL empowers leaders to broker partnerships and unlock finance to achieve universal access to sustainable energy. Through its partnerships and network, it provides a neutral space for new and sometimes difficult conversations that can foster decisions and actions to move further, faster, together.
SEforALL focuses its resources, reach and convening power to deliver results through its network of Partners in key geographies and key sectors where interventions may have the greatest impact. SEforALL Accelerators gather partners to help building country and sector strategies, support innovative solutions, and advance technologies and business models.
SEforALL shares a broad sense of urgency to develop new approaches addressing gender equality and providing sustainable energy to the very poorest. In this context, SEforALL is seeking to extend the universe of Partners through the Gender Focused Accelerator, including governments, finance providers, civil society and development organizations not traditionally engaged in energy issues.
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2017 was a busy year for Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) and our partners in driving action to deliver universal energy access by 2030. Yet significant challenges remain if we’re to meet Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7 at the speed and scale needed. New data and evidence released throughout the year provides crucial insight on where leaders must focus their efforts.
Here are our 7 key highlights from this year that show how SEforALL and our partners are advancing progress on global energy goals.
1. The scores are in: RISE report launch
The new RISE (Regulatory Indicators for Sustainable Energy) report, which we launched in February with the World Bank, benchmarked sustainable energy policies in over 100 countries.
The report showed that an increasing number of developing countries – including Mexico, China, Turkey, India, Vietnam, Brazil, and South Africa – have robust policies in place to support energy access, renewables and energy efficiency.
At the launch of the report, Rachel Kyte, CEO and Special Representative to the UN Secretary-General on Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL), said: “RISE offers policymakers and investors the most detailed country-level insight yet into how we can level the playing field for renewable energy worldwide. Smart policy can be an accelerant of this transition.”
RISE is the first global policy scorecard of its kind, grading 111 countries in a traffic light style system across three areas: energy access, energy efficiency and renewable energy. Find out more by visiting the interactive RISE website to see how each country stacks up.
2. A clarion call to leaders: 2017 Global Tracking Framework
With only 13 years to go to meet 2030 targets, this year’s Global Tracking Framework delivered a wakeup call to global leaders on accelerating action to support energy access. Launched at the Sustainable Energy for All Forum, the data shows the current pace of progress on three global energy goals – access to electricity, renewable energy and efficiency – is not moving fast enough.
The report, produced by the World Bank and the International Energy Agency as part of the Sustainable Energy for All Knowledge Hub, found that while most countries are not doing enough, some are showing encouraging progress, including Afghanistan, Cambodia, Kenya, Malawi, Sudan, Uganda, Zambia and Rwanda. The results underscore that accelerating progress towards universal access is possible with the right policies, robust investments (both public and private) and innovative technology.
Data showed that to meet Sustainable Energy for All objectives, renewable energy investment would need to increase by a factor of 2-3, while energy efficiency investment would need to increase by a factor of 3-6. Estimates suggest that a five-fold increase would be needed to reach universal access by 2030.
You can also read an op-ed from Rachel Kyte, Ask your leaders “Why are you not acting now” on sustainable energy?, in Reuters here.
3. Going further, faster – together: 2017 Sustainable Energy for All Forum
The third Sustainable Energy for All Forum took place at the Duggal Greenhouse in Brooklyn, New York.
More than 1,000 high-level representatives from government, business, civil society and international organizations from 110 countries came together under the Forum theme “Going Further, Faster – Together” towards global energy goals and progress on Sustainable Development Goal 7.
Over 60 sessions were held during the three days, with conversations and activity focused around the urgency and action needed to get us on track to achieve our goals. From new off-grid reports, to the announcement of Shine: Investing in Energy Access, a new campaign bringing together the faith, development, and philanthropic sectors to mobilize new forms of capital – the Forum was the platform for 10 announcements from SEforALL and partners.
4. With temperatures soaring, we need Cooling for All
As record temperatures of 129 degrees were recorded in Iran last summer, SEforALL and the Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program launched Cooling for All – a new initiative to identify the challenges and opportunities of providing access to affordable, sustainable cooling solutions for all.
Cooling for All focuses on how we embed growing cooling demands that can reach everyone within a clean energy transition, and in turn, support faster progress to achieve the goals of the Montreal Protocol’s Kigali Amendment* negotiated in 2016 in Rwanda.
With populations and temperatures rising, growing cooling demand risks creating a significant increase in energy demand, that if not managed through super-efficient technologies or clean sources, could cause further climate change impacts from rising emissions.
Cooling for All creates a direct intersect between three internationally agreed goals: the Paris Climate Agreement; the Sustainable Development Goals; and the Montreal Protocol’s Kigali Amendment.* The amendment aims to limit consumption and production of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), a potent greenhouse gas used widely in air conditioners and refrigerators.
Cooling for All has already made significant progress, including the formation of an esteemed Global Panel announced at the UN General Assembly in September and plans for a report on the challenges of sustainable cooling access due out for release in mid-2018.
Action on reducing HFCs has significant momentum, too. In November, Sweden became the 20th country to ratify the Kigali Amendment. The treaty, which calls for curbing HFC use by more than 80 percent over the next 30 years, will be entered into force in January 2019.
Follow the latest online using #CoolingForAll.
5. Energizing Finance report series
Also at the UN General Assembly, SEforALL and partners launched new research that, for the first time, tracks and analyzes finance flows for electricity and clean cooking access in 20 countries across Africa and Asia with significant access gaps.
The new Energizing Finance report series reveals that current finance flows for energy access and clean cooking will also miss 2030 targets, but the data also shows that by scaling and refining finance strategies, we can reach more people, more affordably, with sustainable energy.
Produced in partnership with the World Bank Group, the African Development Bank, Climate Policy Initiative, E3 Analytics and Practical Action Consulting, the series of four reports look at: the amount and type of international and domestic finance flowing to these countries for energy access, including a deep dive on domestic finance flowing in Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Kenya; how effectively and quickly that finance is being disbursed for projects; and the finance needs and challenges of solar enterprise and other renewable energy businesses operating in these countries.
It also shone a light on the role of partnerships, with Amadou Hott, Vice-President, Power, Energy, Climate and Green Growth from the African Development Bank (AfDB) who authored the report looking at gaps and lags in disbursements, commenting: “we need transformative partnerships between the public and private sector to improve energy access planning and increase investment in the preparation and implementation of energy access projects, including innovative access solutions such as off-grid.”
6. Why Wait? Seizing the energy access dividend
Tangible benefits of accelerating electricity access in developing countries where 1 billion still lack power were made clear in the Why Wait? Seizing the Energy Access Dividend report – urging for much greater use of decentralized renewable energy as a quicker, less costly option.
The report, released at COP23 by SEforALL and Power for All, in partnership with Overseas Development Institute, presented a first-of-its-kind approach to developing a framework for understanding and quantifying the financial, educational and environmental dividends for households through accelerated access to decentralized electricity, such as solar home systems and clean energy mini-grids.
The data shows that rural and vulnerable populations in developing countries could miss out on multiple wide-ranging benefits if they are forced to wait years, or even decades, to get access to electricity through first-ever power from electric grids instead of through quicker to deploy decentralized renewable energy solutions
“Decision makers are faced with competing priorities against finite resources,” SEforALL CEO Rachel Kyte, said in the press release. “Why Wait” provides powerful evidence on the development gains that can be achieved by focusing on integrated energy strategies that advance energy access. Denying those gains by not prioritizing solutions to energy access risks holding back whole generations.”
7. A People-Centered approach to energy access
Another new global effort to accelerate ending energy poverty for the most marginalized was launched last month at COP23 by SEforALL and its partners.
The People-Centered Accelerator – a voluntary partnership led initiative that aims to advance social inclusion, gender equality and women’s empowerment in sustainable energy – was announced during Gender Day with over 40 partner organizations from across government, civil society, private sector, finance and non-government organizations.
The Accelerator aims to gain and improve clean energy access for those who will not be reached by business as usual approaches. This work will focus on unlocking finance, both private and public, strengthening collaboration and connections between stakeholders concerned with energy, gender and social justice, and increasing women’s full participation in sustainable energy solutions.
Ajaita Shah, CEO and Founder, Frontier Markets, a founding Accelerator partner that supports clean energy solutions in rural India spoke at the launch: “We must place women at the centre of energy access to achieve deeper, wider impact. Investing in women is crucial not only for economic development, it is the key to productive household change to combat the barriers to energy access, sustainability, and scale.”
The launch side-event at COP was broadcast live on the SEforALL Facebook page, or follow the conversation online using #SDG7AllEqual.
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The Sustainable Energy Forum for East Africa 2018, organized by the East African Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (EACREEE), in collaboration with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the EAC Secretariat, the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), Sustainable Energy For All (SEforALL), the Ministry of Infrastructure of the Republic of Rwanda (MININFRA) and hosted by the government of Rwanda, aims to foster economic transformation of the EAC Partner States through equitable access to sustainable energy for all.
The EACREEE and its partners welcome participants from the public and private sectors, including sub national entities, development finance institutions, domestic and international enterprises, international organizations, industry association, and experts from academia.
The exhibition will provide stakeholders with the opportunity to present their services pertaining to sustainable development.
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The significant role that off-grid, decentralized energy solutions can play in achieving universal energy access goals is no longer a subject of debate. As off-grid technology costs keep falling, the International Energy Agency (IEA) recently estimated that by 2030, 195 million people, or 29% of the world’s unelectrified population, will gain electricity from off-grid solutions, especially off-grid solar.
But what will it take to accelerate investment so that the off-grid sector can meet or exceed the IEA’s forecast? One of the key drivers is supportive government policies and regulations that incentivize public and private sector participation in the fast-growing space.
If governments do not send the right policy signals – which is the case in many countries, judging from the Regulatory Indicators for Sustainable Energy (RISE) report released earlier this year – the off-grid sector’s vast potential will not be realized.
To help support this, Global Off-Grid Lighting Association (GOGLA), in partnership with Lighting Global, Power Africa, the African Development Bank and Sustainable Energy for All, have produced a new report looking at key policy and regulatory issues for off-grid solar.
Providing Energy Access Through Off-Grid Solar: Guidance for Governments offers advice to governments in designing effective policies and regulations that will enable the off-grid solar sector to have a far bigger role as part of integrated national electrification strategies.
The guide outlines the core elements of supportive policy frameworks that have been shown to work in accelerating electricity access in key markets. It also provides best practice examples and resource references, with input from companies, development finance players and other stakeholders operating in Africa, South Asia and other key regions, that governments can learn from. By raising awareness and highlighting successful policies that can be replicated, the report’s authors hope to catalyze improved policy decision-making in other countries that will further advance energy access goals.
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By Peyton Fleming, Lead Writer, Sustainable Energy for All
Global climate action got a big boost last month at two international meetings in Germany and Canada.
On Nov. 18, just hours before the UN Climate Conference (COP23) ended in Germany, Sweden became the 20th country to ratify the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol – which requires the phasedown of high-polluting refrigerants commonly used in air conditioners and other cooling equipment. The treaty, which calls for curbing use of these chemicals by more than 80 percent over the next 30 years, will now be entered into force in January 2019.
One week later, at the 30th anniversary meeting of the Montreal Protocol in Montreal, Canada, parties agreed to a three-year replenishment of $540 million to fund the continuing phaseout of the refrigerants, known as hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). They also backed key findings of a new Technology & Economic Assessment Panel study highlighting the wide-ranging opportunities for energy efficiency gains in the HFC phasedown under the Kigali Agreement.
“Kigali will deliver new momentum to the world’s efforts to avoid dangerous global warming and accelerate clean growth,” said Canada Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, speaking in Montreal last month. “I’m very proud that Canada is among the leaders in ratifying this amendment.”
The twin ripples of these actions are hugely important. Energy efficiency gains alone have the potential to avoid significant CO2 emissions, equal to production from up to 1,600 medium-sized peak-load power plants by 2030 and up to 2,500 by 2050, according to estimates by the Lawrence Berkley Laboratory.
Combining the HFC phasedown with energy efficiency gains in cooling could help avoid as much as 1 degree Celsius of global warming by 2100. “The 1 degree Celsius of avoided warming may be the most significant contribution the world could make to the goal of the 2015 Paris Agreement,” said Durwood Zaelke, President of the Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development, who participated in the Montreal Protocol meetings.
But achieving these pollution reductions will require extraordinary changes from global leaders working to deliver sustainable cooling solutions to everyone on the planet. Over 1 billion people worldwide do not have access to energy, and therefore lack access to basic cooling technologies; from refrigeration for food and medical supplies to keeping work and home environments safe and cool to deal with ever-rising global temperatures.
Closing the world’s cooling access gap is the focus of Sustainable Energy for All’s “Cooling for All” initiative, which will focus on creating a direct intersection between three internationally agreed upon goals for the first time: the Paris Climate Agreement, the Sustainable Development Goals and the Kigali Amendment.
As part of this effort, a Global Panel on Access to Cooling was formed earlier this year. The panel brings together high-level leaders from government, academia, civil society, business and finance who will work together to better understand the challenges and opportunities of providing access to cooling solutions for all, including vulnerable populations in the world’s poorest countries.
Several panel members expressed optimism about the recent progress on the Kigali Amendment front – in particular, the stronger focus on energy efficiency.
“The recent meeting in Montreal was another positive step for the Montreal Protocol’s contribution to realizing the huge opportunity from cooling efficiency,” said Dan Hamza-Goodcare, Executive Director of the Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program, which is funding the Cooling for All effort. “Participants recognized the critical role of maintaining cooling technology stock and the urgency for higher product standards. More work is also needed on financing mechanisms to unlock the economic and health benefits from cooling efficiency across the world.”
Jürgen Fischer, President of Danfoss Cooling, says there are significant environmental risks if clean, super-efficient solutions are not used to meet fast-rising cooling demand.
“As a market leader within technology using low global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants, Danfoss and the cooling industry are ready to make it possible for countries to implement the (Kigali) amendment,” Fischer said. “We see this as the first step, and expect that the use of low GWP refrigerants will lead to more energy efficient solutions. We can already start today, as the technology is available and cooling and heating systems can be improved with big success in a cost-effective way.”
The panel, co-chaired by government leaders from the Rwanda and the Marshall Islands, will be producing a comprehensive report in 2018 that offers evidence based solutions on how we can accelerate the uptake of efficient and sustainable cooling solutions at the speed and scale needed.
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Organized by the Global Off-Grid Lighting Association (GOGLA) and the IFC/World Bank Lighting Global program, the Global Off-Grid Solar Forum and Expo the world’s premier off-grid solar event. The conference and exhibition are supported by the World Bank’s ESMAP program and will be held from 22nd to 24th of January 2018 in Hong Kong.
The Forum will gather more than 500 off-grid solar companies, public and commercial investors, sector facilitators, government representatives and off-grid energy experts. More than 60 companies and organizations will have the opportunity to showcase their off-grid solar products and services at the world’s leading off-grid solar exhibition.
As an attendee, you will be able to profit from insights into the global off-grid solar market shared by more than 500 practitioners and experts. Take a look at the latest agenda and visit the event website for additional details.
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