UN Call for more Energy Efficiency to Secure Future for All

A UN press release yesterday stated in part:

A global effort to scale up investment in clean, efficient energy and bring affordable energy services to the 1.6 billion people worldwide currently lacking them would go a long way towards stopping climate change and achieving the Millennium Development Goals, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.

“The decisions we make today on our energy future will have a profound impact on the global climate, on sustainable development, on economic growth and on global security,” Mr. Ban said at a Headquarters press conference to present the report of his Advisory Group on Energy and Climate Change.

Calling for an urgent overhaul of the global energy system, Secretary-General Ban said that, to make the green revolution a reality, Governments must create a predictable long-term, investment-friendly policy environment. 

Public and private partners alike must bolster spending on research and development on green-energy technologies. 

“These are ambitious goals, but I think they are achievable and they are necessary,” the Secretary-General said.  Energy would be high on the agenda of the MDG Review Summit in September, he added.

Members accompanying the Secretary-General included ; Helge Lund, Chief Executive Officer of Statoil; and .

Kandeh Yumkella, Director-General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) said that the report’s recommendations ‑‑ launching a global campaign in support of energy for sustainable development, bolstering climate finance, adopting national strategies for energy efficiency and access, and requiring United Nations and development agencies to provide incentives for low-carbon policies, among others ‑‑ were not controversial.  “They provide some building blocks of practical things that can be done as we push for the ultimate goal of having a good, binding deal on climate change,” he added.

According to the report, it was possible to provide universal access to modern energy services by 2030 without significantly increasing greenhouse gas emissions, by scaling up low-emission technologies and renewable energy.  That was particularly important considering the rapid rise in demand for energy in developing countries and the growth of emissions, largely caused by energy services in the developed world.  The report also calls for a 40 per cent reduction ‑‑ or 2.5 per cent annually ‑‑ in global energy intensity by 2030 ‑‑ nearly double the historic rate.

According to the report, achieving energy efficiency by 2030 would require annual investments of $30 billion to $35 billion for low-income countries and $140 billion to $170 billion for middle-income countries.

Friday 30th April 2010

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