TO ENSURE UNIVERSAL ACCESS TO MODERN ENERGY SERVICES FOR 3 BILLION PEOPLE IN ENERGY POVERTY AROUND THE WORLD REQUIRES A GREAT COMMITMENT OF ALL SECTORS
Mexico City, July 15th 2010.- The high-level advisory group that advises the Secretary General of the United Nations Organization (UN), Ban Ki-Moon, on energy and climate change, met today in Mexico, to design new forms public-private partnership and support the overall objectives of access to energy and energy efficiency, established in a recent report.
This meeting was co-hosted by the Secretary of Energy of Mexico, Georgina Kessel, and the Carlos Slim Foundation; Mr. Slim is a member of the UN Advisory Group on Energy and Climate Change (AGECC).
The AGECC Report was launched in New York on April 28th 2010, and urged the international community to provide universal access to modern energy services to nearly 3 billion who live in energy poverty by 2030. It also called for a reduction of global energy intensity by 40 per cent by 2030, which, if achieved, would reduce global energy intensity by an average of 2.5 per cent per year, approximately double the historical rate.
“Governments alone will not be able to overcome these challenges. We need the commitment of all sectors, including the private sector, the academia, civil society and the NGOs”, said Kandeh K. Yumkella, Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), who is also Chair of AGECC.
“About 1.5 billion people around the world lack access to electricity. This is why we are launching a global campaign to guarantee that the access to modern energy services would not represent a barrier to development. To ensure the supply of reliable and affordable energy is important because it plays a key role to develop economic growth and to achieve the Millennium Development Goals”, said the Secretary of Energy, Georgina Kessel.
“Private companies now have the necessary technology to transform global energy systems and make them less dependent on fossil fuels. Many governments are offering financial incentives and support. What we need right now is to launch a public-private partnership that would enable us meet these goals”, said Yumkella.
“Poor and subsistence world people access to modernity by health, education, jobs, and to energy, fresh water and telecommunication public services as well, it's as much an impulse to development, investment, economic activity and employment", Carlos Slim said.
During this meeting, Secretary Kessel announced the Energy Efficiency and Access Forum, to be held in Mexico City on September 28-30, 2010. The purpose of this event is to share experiences and best practices related to energy efficiency and access implementation, public policies and technologies, focusing on three central themes: norms and standards, training and information campaigns, and successful programs.
The meeting was attended by top UN officials and business executives from renowned companies such as Edison International (USA), Statoil (Norway), Suntech Holdings (China) and Vattenfall (Sweden). Also, representatives from Sharp Corporation and other businesses and industry leaders took part in the meeting, presenting some of the latest renewable energy technologies.