Public statement on energy solutions

“The mission of Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) is to significantly speed up and deliver at scale the solutions needed to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7) – access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all – by 2030. This includes working towards the three targets of SDG7 on energy access, renewable energy and energy efficiency. With just a decade to go, we recognize the urgency of the challenge and the human, economic, and environmental costs being incurred as a result of inaction.

The same communities impacted by lack of access to sustainable energy are also on the front lines of climate change. Achieving the Paris Agreement and net zero carbon emissions by 2050 will require innovative, sustainable solutions that can meet the needs of communities currently left behind in the energy transition.

SEforALL’s work prioritizes the deployment of clean, renewable energy sources and more efficient use of all energy sources while recognizing the urgent need for new technologies and solutions that deliver significant health benefits, lower carbon emissions, greater resilience and transformational economic and social benefits. The communities and countries most impacted by lack of energy access must be partners in developing approaches tailored to their contexts, in implementing the solutions that are affordable, effective and support industry and productive use.

The global situation on clean cooking is most dire, with almost 3 billion people without access, resulting in over 4 million deaths annually (7.7% of total global mortality) from exposure to household air pollution. SEforALL recognizes that interim solutions, including natural gas and LPG, must be deployed urgently in some settings where they can best reduce human suffering and save lives even as more research is needed into transformative technologies and solutions.

SEforALL and a growing number of organizations recognize that there is no sustainable future in coal-fired power and we recognize that many countries will need time and long term support to make a just transition, one that leaves no one behind, to more sustainable sources of energy. This will not be easy or possible without concerted collaborative effort, but in the long run is necessary to achieve the net zero carbon emissions by 2050 in alignment with the Paris Agreement.

Underpinning SDG7 and the Paris Agreement on climate change is the promise of leaving no one behind. At SEforALL, we firmly believe we must commit to raising ambition and do so while putting real people at the heart of everything we do.”