United Nations has called on
businesses, governments, and
civil society to achieve Sustainable
Energy for All by 2030
Clean Energy Mini-Grids Recognized in G20 Energy Access Action Plan
The Energy Access Action Plan delivered by the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative (SE4All) to the G20 Energy Sustainability Working Group was adopted on October 2 in Istanbul at the G20 Energy Ministers meeting. This is an important step preceding the full G20 meeting in Istanbul in November and COP21 in Paris, since it showcases the evolving role of clean energy mini-grids in driving progress towards universal energy access. In particular, it lends its support to collaborative efforts such as those of the SE4All Clean Energy Mini-Grids High Impact Opportunity (HIO) including the Africa-focused Green Mini-Grid Market Development Program.
The HIO welcomes the G20’s vision and leadership role to support collaborative efforts to ensure increased access to clean energy. The endorsement of the plan comes in a timely fashion with last week’s adoption by world leaders of the 17 new global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty and hunger by 2030. With goal seven to “ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all”, clean energy is finally being recognized as a key enabler for sustainable development. The full text of the press release is available here.