The UN-Foundation: “2012 is the Year of Sustainable Energy for All”

On April 7th, 2011, the UN Foundation declared that 2012 will be the Year of Sustainable Energy for All. The bold declaration is intended to position policy makers and actors in both the public and private realm to direct action in “extending modern energy services to the billions who still lack them.” Highlights:

“Worldwide some 2.7 billion people rely on traditional biomass for cooking and heating, and 1.4 billion have no access to electricity, with one billion more having access only to unreliable electricity networks.”

“Without electricity and fuel to power machinery and lighting there is little hope of achieving the health, education and environmental improvements set forth in the Millennium Development Goals. “The obstacles to energy access are not technical.  We know how to build power systems, design modern cooking stoves and meet energy demand efficiently.  What is missing is a global commitment to move energy access up the political and development agendas,” declared Kandeh Yumkella, Director-General, UN Industrial Development Organization.”

““Energy is the oxygen of commerce and wealth creation; it is essential to economic development.  Modern energy powered the industrial revolution and raised the productivity, living standards and wealth of countless millions.  Developing countries need that same opportunity to improve their people’s lives,” said United Nations Foundation President Timothy E. Wirth.”

““The development stimulated by increased energy access will not only benefit those in developing countries,” said Harry Verhaar, Senior Director, Energy and Climate Change, Phillips Lighting.  “This growing prosperity will also increase demand for modern products and services – creating new markets for which we can all compete.””

““Broader access to electricity and modern fuels is a means for women’s empowerment, access to education, health care, and prosperity and, through sustainable technologies, such as solar panels and clean and efficient cookstoves, lives are saved and our environment protected,” said Leena Srivastava, Executive Director of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI).”

“Many international humanitarian and development goals have yet to be reached, due in large part to a lack of access to electricity and modern fuels.  In the developed world, energy’s essential role in life and commerce is made clear every time a storm knocks out power:  no ability to heat, cool or light homes or businesses, cook or refrigerate.  Once power is restored these worries are ancient history.  But such conditions are the daily norm for billions in the developing world, where fuel to power agricultural machinery, irrigation systems and medical equipment is scarce and costly;  goods and crops cannot reach beyond local markets;  production and learning come to a halt when the sun sets; and life-saving vaccines cannot be adequately stored.”


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