Energy is now widely understood to be central to the Climate Solution and Human Development.
In line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 7), renewable energy, energy efficiency and access to energy, as we know took center stage at COP21 discussions and decisions.
In order that renewables underpin the future energy system, their use and the implementation of energy efficiency measures should become universal and systematic.
It is important to call all players, starting with Eurelectric’s Members and the companies they represent.
Acting in the energy sector, they should also mobilize its resources (technology, knowledge and funds) to contribute to universal Access to Energy (A2E).
With this in mind and in my current position as Chairman of Eurelectric "A2E Network of Experts" (NE), we will work with a number of other international organizations, equally committed to provide a stronger and co-ordinated support to the Secretary-General of the United Nations (SE4ALL - Sustainable Energy for All), with the development of a set of initiatives.
The NE will focus its activity in decentralized energy production using clean energy sources in developing countries. At the moment this Eurelectric intervention group is studying a partnership with the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) and the development of a joint action by European Utilities on the electrification of Refugee Camps in Africa.
Renewable Energy are the solution to ensure universal energy access by 2030 in developing countries, which is a prior condition in fighting poverty and qualitatively change 3 billion people’s lives.
The Renewable Energy Agencies’ involvement is also important for promoting the use Renewable Energy on-grid and off-grid, namely in African Portuguese-speaking countries. We will definitely challenge ALER to become our partner.
Guilherme Collares Pereira
Chair of Eurelectric's A2E - Network of Experts