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businesses, governments, and
civil society to achieve Sustainable
Energy for All by 2030
Delegates at SAIREC Declare Work on Global Access
The recently concluded South African International Renewable Energy Conference (SAIREC), involved 3,600 delegates drawn from 82 countries. At the conclusion of the conference, a declaration was adopted combining the global need for increased deployment of renewable energy and its close positive correlation to supporting increased rates of energy access, as well as “improved energy security, mitigating greenhouse gas emissions, addressing climate change and promoting sustainable economic development. The press release went on to state the following: “The delegates declared that in order to make the global transition to renewable energy happen rapidly, the following elements are crucial: promoting transparent and effective procurement processes; advancing renewable energy globally; promoting skills transfer and development; securing financial resources; conducting research and development; prioritizing regulatory frameworks, localizing supply chains and local investment; emphasizing integrated planning; regionalizing trade and energy resource development; conducting programs for infrastructural development in Africa; embarking on clean energy corridor initiatives and focusing on the African Renewable Energy Initiative (AREI); regional cooperation and international cooperation. Participants at SAIREC considered the sustainable development goal on sustainable and modern energy for all, with its three targets on access, renewables and energy efficiency, to constitute a solid guiding framework for their deliberations and future cooperation with special focus on re-energizing Africa.” The complete SAIREC 2015 Declaration is available here.