Energy and Transport

Transport consumes around 19% of global energy use and produces 23% of energy-related CO2 emissions. Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) promotes sustainable urban mobility through efficient energy use for the world's poorest citizens. We do this by investigating broader mobility systems in cities, including people’s access to public infrastructure, such as sidewalks or bike lanes, as well as public transport.

Many existing programs and technologies are designed for middle- to high-income economies — people with the purchasing power to adopt the most efficient technologies. But promoting electric or high-efficiency private vehicles does little to support those who rely on affordable public mobility options in developing countries (e.g. trucks, buses, mini-buses, matatus, tuk tuks). There is an urgent need for programs and technologies that support lower-income people living in fast-growing cities. This is crucial for achieving the sustainable energy transition envisioned by Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7) and the Paris Agreement.

In collaboration with other sustainable mobility organizations, SEforALL is applying its Energy Efficiency First approach towards identifying scalable improvements and transport solutions for the people who need it most.