Nov. 27, 2017: Following a busy couple of weeks at COP23 - the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany - Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) has welcomed and signed multiple new partnership agreements.

These new partners join other leading organizations, businesses and experts within the SEforALL network that are all committed to supporting faster progress in achieving Sustainable Development Goal 7 – access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.

New proud, delivery and UN partners to join the SEforALL network during COP23 includes:

UN Environment:

This partnership allows us to deliver significant progress in the energy efficiency and energy productivity space. It will focus on the Energy Efficiency Hub and Accelerators work, the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol (especially creation of publications and commissioning of research about the nexus of cooling, efficiency and access), communication efforts in the context of major global meetings, and new initiatives in this area that could be explored along the way.

Johnson Controls:

The collaboration will help to identify priority countries in the field of buildings efficiency. Johnson Controls will continue to lead the Building Efficiency Accelerator as industry co-convener, contributing to the SEforALL District Energy Accelerator and Industrial Efficiency Accelerator, as well as engaging in the new SEforALL initiative “Cooling for All”.


This partnership will develop an enabling market environment for last-mile distribution of solar powered products in Africa, and support the shaping of solar markets through ‘lessons learned’ knowledge sharing by involving private sector expertise.

International Hydropower Association:

This collaboration will advocate knowledge-building activities around hydropower and support the work of the “Better Hydro” umbrella initiative and the Hydropower Preparation Support Facility (HPSF).


The proud partnership will enhance global efforts for accelerating the adoption of clean energy and unlocking significant economic and societal benefits. This will be done through promoting programs and facilities to reduce cost of solar power, encourage country level reforms in solar energy, and support the launch of a common risk mitigation mechanism as a tool to create a secure environment for private institutional investment in solar assets.


This partnership will promote last mile solutions for refugee settlements and host communities along with UNHCR, facilitate private sector engagement, and will stimulate discussions on renewable energy policy around unlocking finance in renewable energy investments and large-scale shifts towards electrification of the transport sector.

Benedikt Hoskuldsson, Lead Partnership Specialist at Sustainable Energy for All, said: “SEforALL is focused on building partnerships that can deliver tangible action toward universal, sustainable energy access. If we’re to achieve this by 2030 as set out in Sustainable Development Goal 7, partnerships will be crucial to move at the speed and scale the world needs. By partnering with SEforALL, these organizations bring their expertise and leadership to a much wider audience of sustainable energy policy makers and practitioners so we can go further, faster – together – to SDG7.”

SEforALL partnerships can focus on various areas of work, from knowledge and evidence needed to inform action, to others that focus on delivering concrete action and results on the ground.

To find out more information on partnerships with SEforALL, visit our Partners page.

From left to right. Top row: Clay Nesler, Vice President, Global Energy and Sustainability for the Building Efficiency business, Johnson Controls, Tom Derksen, Managing Director – Energy, SNV Netherlands Development Organisation. Bottom row: Jean-Pascal Pham-Ba, Secretary General, Terrawatt Initiative, Erik Solheim, Executive Director, UN Environment.