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Newsletter Issue 04 2014
Message from the Special Representative for Sustainable Energy for All
 


Dear Colleagues,
The year 2015 will be decisive in many respects. The Sustainable Development Goals will be decided, and the multilateral calendar will be full of key meetings relating to sustainable energy for all. Our marquee event, the 2nd annual United Nations Sustainable Energy for All Forum, will take place in New York from 18-22 May. We warmly invite all of you. Other important dates include the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi, Vibrant Gujarat in India, the World Economic Forum in Davos, the Vienna Energy Forum, the Summit on Sustainable Development in New York, and the Climate Conference in Paris, to name just a few.

In many respects 2014 prepared us for the coming year, as energy was placed centrally among the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the Post-2015 Development Agenda. The proposed energy SDG and targets are fully consistent with the objectives of SE4ALL. This means that SE4ALL and its global force of partners from all regions and sectors are already prepared, geared towards and ready to support implementation of a global goal on energy within the context of the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
Building on the positive momentum from the Climate Summit, Last week, the Climate Conference in Lima drew together a large number of partners and efforts in preparation for 2015. SE4ALL hosted three side events at COP20: on energy access, energy efficiency and the announcement that the city of Lima is joining the Global Energy Efficiency Accelerator Platform. These efforts will continue as we embark on the road to Paris and beyond, knowing that the three SE4ALL objectives are fully compatible with the 2-degrees Celsius target limit for global warming.

Over the last couple of months, SE4ALL has further consolidated its structures. The office of the Sustainable Energy for All Global Facilitation Team in Vienna was officially inaugurated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony by the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, in the presence of host country Austria. A working group of the SE4ALL Executive Committee engaged with the question of the long term institutional shape that the initiative will take.

More than 100 countries (including 85 developing countries) have now joined Sustainable Energy for All aspartners, and as part of a first phase many focus countries and development partners are already working concretely on Action Agendas and Investment Prospectuses. These actions are being made possible by the generous support of thousands of SE4ALL partners from governments, the private sector, the civil society, and international organizations, including national and multilateral development banks.

SE4ALL has built a strong network of hubs to support implementation of its targets. The World Bank Knowledge Hub is leading the work together with the IEA on the second edition of the SE4ALL Global Tracking Framework, due next year. The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), as the SE4ALL Renewables Hub, has launched the SIDS Lighthouse initiative and the African Clean Energy Corridor. The TERI Capacity Building Hub, known as “Specialized Training, Education and Experiential Resources (STEER)”, addresses SE4ALL’s overarching capacity needs by creating awareness, capacity building and training, knowledge assimilation and dissemination, design and delivery of academic programmes and identification of research gaps.

The Regional Development Banks and their SE4ALL Hubs are key partners in working regionally on the three SE4ALL targets, and the Copenhagen Energy Efficiency Hub is instrumental in bringing into operation the SE4ALL Global Energy Efficiency Accelerator Platform, which was successfully launched in at the Secretary-General’s Climate Summit. Also at the Summit, Japan announced the intention to contribute to the reduction of global greenhouse gas emissions by establishing a new hub for energy efficiency facilitation in Tokyo.

We are grateful to see that the combined pledges from the European Commission, individual European countries and the USA concretized at the UN Climate Summit, can halve energy poverty by 2030. The European Union has pledged an initial funding of 3 billion Euros to leverage between 15 billion and 30 billion Euros over the next six years, to address energy poverty. Germany has committed to connect at least 100 million people in Africa. The United States Government`s Power Africa Initiative has announced that it will connect at least 60 million households and businesses in Africa to electricity in five years, with public-private financing of USD 20 billion.
 
In addition to this, SE4ALL has presented a framework and opportunities for a  partnership between private banks, multilateral and national development banks and institutional investors to mobilize an additional USD 120 billion for SE4ALL objectives per year.

We are also very pleased to see that the 2nd Committee of the UN General Assembly successfully concluded negotiations at the end of November on the biennial resolution on “Promotion of new and renewable sources of energy”. Negotiations took place largely on the basis of the report on the United Nations Decade for Sustainable Energy for All, which was submitted to the General Assembly in September by the Secretary-General. The resolution (1) takes note of the initiative and the SE4ALL Forum, (2) encourages the rapid implementation of the strategic objectives included in the Decade’s Global Plan of Action, and (3) requests the Secretary-General to prepare a report on the Decade and SE4ALL, including its long-term institutional and accountability arrangements, to the General Assembly in the fall of 2015. This language is a very positive step forward, since it underscores SE4ALL's overall role in driving action towards achieving sustainable energy for all for at least 10 years going forward.

We will enter 2015 looking back on a successful period for SE4ALL, with ever more vigour and dedication to the cause thanks to the commitment and support of you and all our partners. Let me therefore take this opportunity to extend our sincere thanks for your work and goodwill, and assure you that we are looking forward to working with you in 2015 and beyond.

Allow me already to wish you a happy holiday season and prosperous 2015..
Sincerely,

 
Kandeh K. Yumkella
Special Representative of the Secretary-General & CEO
Sustainable Energy for All

 
Major SE4ALL announcements at Climate Summit
 
At the Climate Summit in September 2014 in New York partners of the Sustainable Energy for All initiative made new commitments to catalyse investment. The cooperation between Sustainable Energy for All, the European Union and US Power Africa towards reducing by half the 1.3 billion “energy poor” people in the world is a significant milestone towards achieving universal energy access by 2030.
 
The European Union has pledged an initial funding of 3 billion Euros to leverage between 15 billion and 30 billion Euros over the next six years, to address energy poverty. The European Union, supported by individual EU countries (Austria, France, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain) and Norway, concretized plans with Cape Verde, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Rwanda and Togo and signed Memoranda of Understanding at the margins of the Climate Summit.
 
The United States Government’s Power Africa Initiative announced it would connect at least 60 million households and businesses in Africa to electricity in five years, with public-private financing of $20 billion. Power Africa signed an Aide Memoire of Cooperation Understanding with Sustainable Energy for All at the Climate Summit in New York.
An assessment by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, the Brazilian National Development Bank and the World Bank Group confirms the potential and presents a concrete plan to raise $120 billion in additional investments that will contribute to halving energy poverty and promoting sustainable energy solutions with six concrete instruments that have been developed.
 
The Global Energy Efficiency Platform was launched to promote the initiative’s goal of doubling energy efficiency gains by 2030. Its objective is to promote a major scaling up of energy efficiency activities and investments throughout the world through technical assistance, support and collaboration. The Accelerator Platform will drive and support action and commitments by national and sub-national leaders at the country, city, state, regional or sector level as well as by donors, funders and supporters of this initiative. A key deliverable of the Accelerator Platform in each jurisdiction where it engages will be an Integrated Policy and Investment Roadmap or Plan of Action that describes the commitments and the actions that will be taken in order to realize the agreed energy efficiency gains. The following sector Accelerators are now being offered:  buildings, lighting, appliances, district energy systems, industry and transport, and others are being developed for the power sector, and SMEs.
 
The rock band Linkin Park reiterated their support for Sustainable Energy for All at the Climate Summit, and their frontman Mike Shinoda gave an inspiring speech about the need to raise awareness and provide energy to all.
 
SRSG Kandeh Yumkella with Reema Nanavaty from SEWA at Gujarat, India
UN Secretary-General  Ban Ki-moon cuts the ribbon for the Sustainable Energy for All Office in Vienna
 
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon inaugurated the Global Facilitation Office of Sustainable Energy for All in Vienna in November marking a decisive step for the institutionalisation of his signature initiative, tasked with confronting global energy issues within the UN system in an effort to end energy poverty.
 
Speaking at the Andromeda Tower, the Secretary-General noted that the global energy landscape must change to ensure shared prosperity and that modern energy is made available to all and is provided as cleanly and efficiently as possible.
On the occasion of the inauguration ceremony with H.E. Ambassador Peter Launsky representing the Austrian Foreign Ministry, Kandeh Yumkella, Mr. Ban’s Special Representative for Sustainable Energy for All and the initiative’s Chief Executive Officer said: “Energy is central to sustainable development and economic transformation. By the official inauguration of the office of the Special Representative of the Secretary General in Vienna we continue to ensure that the UN will coherently pursue the Sustainable Energy for All Goal in the Post 2015 Development Agenda and show that the targets are achieved.” Austria, Denmark, the EU, France, Germany, Iceland, Korea, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom were recognized for their contributions to the establishment of the initiative’s office. “This day would not have been possible without the generous support and timely leadership of our donors. They continue to make it possible for us to push ahead in our quest for a global transformation of our energy system,” underscored Yumkella.
 
Only 15 months since operations began with a small staff, the initiative is working with partners and its impact felt on a global scale, with unprecedented action on the ground. Under Yumkella’s leadership, the initiative has launched a global collaboration system for Member States for the implementation of Country Level Action in 30 developing countries. The inauguration, attended by member states and high-level dignitaries, represents a historic milestone in the United Nations, affirming the strategic importance of energy in socio-economic development and in climate change and as a global convener on the need to mobilize and strengthen further action to shape a new energy future.
 
SRSG Kandeh Yumkella with Reema Nanavaty from SEWA at Gujarat, India
WRI blog - The China-US Climate Agreement: By the Numbers
by Taryn Fransen, Mengpin Ge and Thomas Damassa

With the historic climate announcement by President Barack Obama and President Xi Jinping, the United States and China joined the European Union in committing to new limits on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. These three economic powerhouses emit about as much each year as the rest of the world combined, so their commitments have important implications for the world’s ability to stay within its carbon budget. While China and the United States are at different stages of development – reflected in their historic and per capita emissions – the numbers suggest both countries’ proposed reductions are a meaningful deviation from business as usual. Further efforts will be needed, however, to ensure these targets are met and that ambition is enhanced.

What are the U.S. targets?

Under its new targets, the United States will reduce GHG emissions 26-28 percent from 2005 levels by 2025 (the United States had already committed to reductions in the range of 17 percent by 2020 and 83 percent by 2050). If the new target is achieved, U.S. emissions in 2025 will be lower than they have been in more than 40 years. This would require approximately doubling annual GHG reductions from 1.2 percent from 2005-2020 to 2.3-2.8 percent from 2020-2025.

How does the new target compare to the current U.S. emissions trajectory?

The new 2025 target will require the U.S. to reduce emissions below its current trajectory. U.S. government figures (“with measures” scenario in the figure) demonstrate that as of 2012, the U.S. was not on track to achieve even its 2020 target. Since then, the United States has announced – but not yet implemented – important new policies, including standards for existing power plants and other elements of the President’s Climate Action Plan. According to the Rhodium Group, the U.S. would achieve its 2020 target only if it pursues these measures aggressively. To hit the 2025 target – which further accelerates reductions beyond 2020 – the U.S. will need to double down on these and additional measures.

What targets has China adopted?

China has announced its intent to peak carbon dioxide emissions around 2030, and to strive to peak earlier. The announcement did not specify at what level China’s emissions would peak, though multiple scenarios that peak around 2030 show peak emissions around 10 billion metric tons per year. China also plans to increase the share of non-fossil fuels in primary energy consumption to around 20 percent by 2030. China had previously pledged to reduce carbon emissions per unit of GDP by 40 to 45 percent from 2005 levels by 2020, as well as increase the share of non-fossil fuels for energy to around 15 percent.

How does the new target compare to China’s current trajectory?

Scenarios indicate that to peak in 2030, China will have to act quickly to implement new policies. While China has not specified the rate at which it will change its emissions trajectory or the level at which it will ultimately peak, GHG emission scenarios provide an indication. Researchers from MIT and China’s Tsinghua University, as well as the International Energy Agency (IEA), find that by continuing current efforts to reduce carbon intensity, emissions will level off between 2030 and 2040 at approximately 12-14 billion metric tons per year. A move to peak emissions by around 2030, then – which corresponds with a peak around 10 billion metric tons in the MIT-Tsinghua and IEA scenarios – improves on the current trajectory. Scenarios that show China peaking in 2030 assume near-term action by China. For instance, the MIT scenario assumes a carbon tax will take effect in 2015.

Looking Ahead

To limit warming to 2 degrees Celcius will require enormous collective effort, especially by the world’s largest economies. China, the United States, and the EU have gotten the ball rolling by announcing their targets, and as the world’s top three emitters, the pressure will stay on them to deliver the most ambitious reductions possible.

The challenges are not trivial: China will have to cap coal use, scale up renewables and efficiency, and reconfigure fossil resource and carbon pricing. The U.S. will have to strongly regulate existing power plants, and take action across all other sectors at the federal and state level. In addition, it will be important to track and report progress on these targets and actions using a common approach to ensure an accurate and consistent assessment of the progress and inform the next phase of mitigation goals. But success on these points, combined with declining technology costs and changing demographic trends, could allow these countries to deliver more than what they have pledged.

 

It is significant that all three of these major economies have left the door open to further reductions: China by noting its intention to try to peak before 2030, the EU by indicating it will achieve “at least” a 40 percent reduction, and the U.S. by aiming at the more ambitious end of its proposed range, with the potential to exceed it. Optimally such strengthening should occur before the end of next year’s UNFCCC meeting in Paris.

Now it is up to these countries to give more details on what lies behind the numbers by the first quarter of 2015, as agreed in the UNFCCC, and for the rest of the world to join in.
 
The World Energy Outlook released in November 2014 
 
Does growth in North American oil supply herald a new era of abundance - or does turmoil in parts of the Middle East cloud the horizon? How much can energy efficiency close the competitiveness gap caused by differences in regional energy prices? What considerations should shape decision-making in countries using, pursuing or phasing out nuclear power? How close is the world to using up the available carbon budget, which cannot be exceeded if global warming is to be contained? How can sub-Saharan Africa's energy sector help to unlock a better life for its citizens?

Answers to these questions and a host of others are to be found in the pages of World Energy Outlook 2014 (WEO-2014), released on 12 November in London.

Bringing together the latest data and policy developments, the WEO-2014 presents up to date projections of energy trends for the first time through to 2040.  Oil, natural gas, coal, renewables and energy efficiency are covered, along with updates on trends in energy-related CO2 emissions, fossil-fuel and renewable energy subsidies, and universal access to modern energy services.

World Energy Outlook 2014 - special early reports:
- World Energy Investment Outlook
- Africa Energy Outlook

The World Energy Outlook is recognised as the most authoritative source of strategic analysis of global energy markets. It is regularly used as input to the development of government policies and business strategies and raises public awareness of the key energy and environmental challenges the world is facing.
 
Secretary-General’s report on the UN Decade of Sustainable Energy for All
 
On 15 October, the Secretary-General's report on the United Nations Decade of Sustainable Energy for All (A/69/395) was introduced to the Second Committee of the United Nations General Assembly.

The introductory statement was presented on behalf of Dr. Kandeh Yumkella, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All, by Dr. Minoru Takada, Director and New York representative, Sustainable Energy for All initiative, Executive Office of the Secretary-General.

· Read the full statement
· Read the full report
· More about the Decade

 
Secretary-General reports to the General Assembly on the United Nations Decade of Sustainable Energy for All
Report of August 2013, 68th Session of the General Assembly
Report of September 2014, 69th Session of the General Assembly
 
Friends of SE4ALL get update on 2nd Global Tracking Framework
 
The Group of Friends of Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) in New York held the latest of its series of informal meetings on Friday 14 November, 2014. The Group consists of 35 UN Ambassadors from all regions and groups, and has met at irregular intervals since 2011 to exchange information.

Special guests for this meeting were Ms. Amina Mohammed, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning, and Ms. Vivien Foster, Sector Manager of the Sustainable Energy Department at the World Bank. The topic of the meeting was "Sustainable Energy for All and the Post-2015 Development Agenda".

Energy is amongst the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the Post-2015 Development Agenda (SDG-7). Ms. Mohammed underlined the importance of this, not least because of energy’s role as a key enabler also for other development areas, such as gender issues. The Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning has been leading the work on the Secretary-General’s synthesis report on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, which can be downloaded from here.

Ms. Foster provided the group with an update on the 2nd edition of the SE4ALL Global Tracking Framework, due 2015. Since the last version, the group of organizations working on the Global Tracking Framework has grown in size, now also including specialists from other issue areas, such as gender and water issues. There is a need for more energy data and more advanced energy data to be able to track progress for a Sustainable Development Goals, said Ms. Foster. The coalition behind the Global Tracking Framework has worked out and is continuing to work out such tools, including addressing methodological challenges. One example is how to measure energy access, which could be divided up by differences in reliability; affordability etc. Such a multi-tier definition of energy access is currently being developed, along with other innovative tracking instruments.
 
Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves announces more than 400 Million USD pledged to scale up clean cooking solutions
 
Commitments made by governments, investors, corporations, UN agencies and NGOs will help bring cleaner cookstoves and fuels to 100 million households by 2020.
 
The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, a public-private partnership led by the United Nations Foundation, announced on November 21 that a global community of clean cooking advocates and supporters has collectively committed $413 million over three years to further mobilize the clean cooking sector and advance the widespread adoption of clean cooking solutions. The announcement was made on the second day of the Cookstoves Future Summit, where more than 70 representatives from governments, the private sector, investors, UN agencies and non-governmental organizations made commitments during the Alliance’s inaugural pledging event.
 
Bilateral donor commitments, comprising both financial and policy commitments, totaled $286 million, including those made by Summit co-hosts Norway, the United Kingdom  and the United States. The private sector committed to mobilize an additional $127 million, including a $100 million fund created through a partnership between the Alliance, Bank of America, Deutsche Bank, other development finance institutions, and private investors, which will support the scale-up of social enterprises that advance and deploy clean cookstoves and fuels.
 
 Above and beyond the bilateral commitments and private sector pledges, more than $250 million in commitments were announced by implementing countries, including Summit co-host Ghana. These Alliance partner nations – whose citizens currently rely on unclean and inefficient traditional cookstoves or open fires – outlined plans for programs aimed at increasing access to clean, efficient cookstoves and fuels.
 
The commitments made will form the foundation necessary for the Alliance and the sector to accelerate its work toward achieving the goal of 100 million households adopting clean cookstoves and fuels by 2020. In the first four years of its existence, the Alliance helped spur the adoption of clean cooking solutions in more than 20 million homes, putting it ahead of target for the 2020 goal.
 
Read the full press release here: http://www.cookstovesfuturesummit.org/media/
 
To view a complete list of commitments made, please visit: http://www.cookstovesfuturesummit.org/commitments/
SE4ALL further commits to Clean Cookstoves
 
On 20 and 21 November, SE4ALL Special Representative Kandeh Yumkella participated in the Cookstoves Future Summit of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves. Yumkella delivered remarks on 20 November in a panel titled: Clean Cookstoves and Fuels: A Necessary Ingredient in the Growing Ecosystem for Energy Access. On 21 November, Yumkella delivered a commitment to the clean cooking sector on behalf of SE4ALL during the pledging session of the Summit. Over the next three years (2015-2017), the close relationship between SE4ALL and the Alliance is expected to continue and grow as implementation of the in-country activities begins to scale up.  SE4ALL committed to further promote the adoption of clean cookstoves and fuels in pursuit of universal energy access for all through:

i. Facilitation of the development of national goals and targets to promote universal clean cooking solutions by  2030, in line with the Post-2015 development agenda;
ii. Working with the clean cooking sector to ensure that the adoption of clean cookstoves and fuels is at the centre of the SE4ALL Global Campaign on Energy for Women, Children, and Health (2014-2015), in the framework of the United Nations Decade of Sustainable Energy for All;
iii.  Establishing appropriate financial mechanisms to mobilize investment for clean cooking solutions;
iv.  Facilitating the inclusion of clean cooking strategies as a prioritized action area in SE4ALL Country Action Agendas; 
v.  Encouraging partners to include clean cooking as an energy access priority in their in-country programs;
vi.  Working with the Alliance and its partners to refine a Global Tracking Framework that establishes baseline energy data and provides regular updates on trends in clean cooking.
 
C2E2 Reviews Progress in First Year, Highlights Partnerships
 
The Copenhagen Centre for Energy Efficiency (C2E2), which was founded in October 2013 and serves as the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Energy Efficiency Hub, has highlighted the key accomplishments of its first year, including providing technical and analytical support to sector- or technology-oriented energy efficiency accelerators and forging partnerships with a range of organizations to exploit energy efficiency's full potential.
 
A number of regional partnerships, which conduct analysis, promote energy efficiency policies and break down barriers to deploying energy efficiency measures, involved such organizations as Fundación Bariloche in Argentina, Asian Institute of Technology in Thailand, Centre for Energy Efficiency (CENEf) in Russia and the Energy Research Centre (ERC) at the University of Cape Town (UCT) in South Africa.
 
On a global scale, C2E2 has been advising and reviewing indicators for the World Bank on its Readiness for Investment in Sustainable Energy (RISE) programme, and working with SE4ALL's Global Tracking Framework. It has also fostered partnerships with the International Energy Agency (IEA), UN Regional Commissions, EU and the Energy Charter Secretariat, among others.
 
On publications, C2E2 reports it is contributing to an International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) analytical paper on two of the SE4ALL objectives (doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix and doubling the global rate of energy efficiency improvement by 2030). It also contributed to the UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) Emissions Gap Report and the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) Global Status Report.
 
Looking ahead, C2E2 notes that it could be expanded to host the Secretariat of the Global Energy Efficiency Accelerator Platform, based on its work supporting accelerators for Buildings; Appliances and Equipment; District Energy Systems; Lighting; and Vehicle Fuel Efficiency, and developing new accelerator concepts for the Power Sector and Industry.
 
Japan to share energy efficiency experiences through SE4ALL
 
During the Secretary-General’s Climate Summit on 23 September, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced that Japan intends to contribute to the reduction of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by establishing a new hub for energy efficiency facilitation in Tokyo. Prime Minister Abe added that Japan will also contribute by diffusing leading technologies to the international community.
 
In the margins of the Climate Summit on 23 September, Mr. Jiro Sogawa (left), Managing Director of the Energy Conservation Center in Japan, and Mr. Masahiko Horie (right), Ambassador for Global Environmental Affairs of Japan and Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Advisory Board member, presented a letter of intent that describes Japan´s commitment to supporting SE4ALL’s efforts on energy efficiency to Mr. Kandeh Yumkella, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All and Chief Executive Officer, SE4ALL. Under this commitment, the Energy Conservation Center, Japan would act as a facilitating hub for SE4ALL to share technologies and provide capacity building in energy efficiency and conservation.
 
Launch of SE4ALL in the Americas - Energy for All, No Matter How Remote 
 
Under-Secretary-General Kandeh K. Yumkella, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) and Chief Executive of the Initiative, launched the United Nations Decade on Sustainable Energy for All in Santiago de Chile in partnership with the Ministry of Energy, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) on October 15, 2014 in Santigo de Chile.

Hosted under the patronage of Her Excellency Ms. Michele Bachelet, President of the Republic of Chile, a strong supporter of the initiative from her days as Executive Director of UN Women, the launch is part of efforts by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) to underscore the importance of energy issues for sustainable development and for the elaboration of the post-2015 development agenda.

“Democratization of Energy should be the sign of our times,” announced Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, at the launch of SE4ALL in the Americas. What this means in practical terms, especially for countries like Chile that already have almost 99% electricity coverage, is that investments have to be made to reach the last portion of the population, people who often live in very isolated areas. In 2006, the government of Chile, with the support of the IDB, installed 3,100 solar PV panels in the Coquimbo region of Chile. Heriberto Castillo, who appears in the photo above, has electricity in his home in the mountains of Pisco Elqui 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. His panel and the others installed have been maintained for 8 years, and are expected to have 12 more years of life. In order to reach the SE4ALL goal of 100% access in the Americas, countries will have to make long-term plans for how to reach populations like Mr. Castillo, and how to properly maintain their installations. To this end, at the June 2014 annual UN SE4ALL Forum, IDB President Luis Alberto Moreno pledged to help all countries in the region who requested planning assistance. The 388 participants from 14 countries (6 at the ministerial level) at the launch of SE4ALL in the Americas came together to define the vision of the initiative for the next decade in the LAC region, and they focused on the importance of planning. Javier Castillo Antezana of the IDB projected that an investment of $1 billion dollars per year would be needed to just reach the SE4ALL goal of universal access to electricity by 2030. With planning, these goals can become a reality. 
 
Download the Latin American Launch Summary here
Descarga El Resumen Aquí
 
‘Energy for Women’s and Children’s Health’: From Data to Safe Delivery
 
In too many rural health clinics in developing countries, reliable electric power is not available to support health care providers – with adverse consequences for their patients, especially women giving birth at night.
To address this problem, the United Nations Foundation is leading a project, together with WHO and UN Women as well as a broader consortium of providers in support of Sustainable Energy for All’s high-impact opportunity on Energy for Women’s and Children’s Health, initially focusing on several countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.

As a first phase towards more systemic planning around – and the electrification of - those facilities, work is underway to assess the availability of reliable data on the provision and reliability of electricity in health care facilities, as well as the availability of power-dependent medical devices to support needed services. Without systematic data collection at the clinic level, the data available at national levels is often outdated, unreliable or not detailed enough.

Energy audit training has been completed for field-level clinic auditors in Ghana, Malawi and Uganda (three of five initial priority countries – the other two, Liberia and Sierra Leone, being on hold at present due to the Ebola outbreak). This is a significant first step for the project, which is funded predominantly by the Government of Norway, to bring clean, reliable electricity to un-electrified and under-electrified health facilities in these countries. Working closely with the governments, as well as UN agency partners, the project is focusing particularly on areas with high residual maternal and newborn mortality and low energy access. This work will help in determining how improvements in electrification within the clinic setting can contribute toward better overall maternal and neonatal outcomes, as well as supporting broader community health benefits.

The completion of the training paves the way for comprehensive energy audits across a representative cross-section of 250 health facilities in the three countries, focusing especially on clinics that currently do not have any access to electricity. The audits will not only consider the load requirements at the clinics. They will also ensure that gender considerations – such as the provision of needed lighting and power for medical devices to support women and their newborns – are fully incorporated in the assessments, and that issues such as women’s security in being able to travel to the clinic at night are evaluated.

The audits will in turn inform in-depth needs assessment reports for each facility to document their energy needs in detail and then spell out the design solutions for addressing these issues. These will include suggested technical designs and recommended technologies for delivering electricity to the clinics, cost estimates, and efficient medical devices for use within the clinic setting. Further key recommendations will also focus on mechanisms to ensure sustainability of the installation over time, in terms of ongoing operations and maintenance.  
 
Results from these initial audits will be available in early 2015, when the next phase of developing priorities for implementation through the broader consortium of public and private stakeholders will begin.

 
 
Photo: UN Foundation - Interviewing a midwife about maternal and child health care at a rural health clinic in Uganda with no grid power on site.
Global Efficient Lighting Forum Addresses Accelerated Transition to Efficient Lighting 

 
Governments, lighting experts and international donors meeting in Beijing from 10 – 11 November agreed to accelerate the phase-in of advanced lighting technologies to order to save energy, reduce CO2 emissions, and improve the lives and livelihoods of millions of people who currently lack access to clean, reliable lighting.
 
The Global Efficient Lighting Forum, co-organized by the United Nations Environment Programme’s en.lighten initiative and its collaborating centre in China, the Global Efficient Lighting Centre, brought together more than 200 participants from 60 countries, electrical utilities, leading lighting manufacturers, development banks, financial institutions and international agencies to reaffirm their commitment to mitigate climate change through the rapid global transition to energy-efficient lighting.
 
A worldwide shift to energy-efficient lighting in all sectors would lower electricity demand for lighting by more than 1,000 terawatt-hours and reduce CO2 emissions by 530 million tonnes annually. The widespread use of commercially available efficient lamps and lighting devices would reduce electricity bills globally by US$120 billion each year and avoid the construction of about 280 new coal-fired power plants, saving an additional US$23 billion.
 
Participants also recognized the urgency and importance of bringing modern lighting services to the 1.3 billion people around the world who lack access to the grid. If solar LED lanterns were used in place of kerosene and candles, the health and safety of billions of people would be improved, while displacing 90 million tonnes of CO2 emissions.
 
The UNEP en.lighten initiative addresses the challenge of accelerating global market transformation to environmentally sustainable lighting technologies by providing policy and technical support for the transition to energy-efficient lighting. To date, 66 developing and emerging countries have joined the en.lighten initiative and committed to establishing policies and standards to phase out inefficient incandescent lamps by the end of 2016.
 
The expansion of the effort to transition to efficient lighting globally is the cornerstone of the Lighting Accelerator in the SE4ALL Action Agenda.  The recommendations and actions resulting from the Global Efficient Lighting Forum are a key contribution in achieving the SE4ALL efficiency goal.
 
Please see the UN Secretary-General’s video message about how “Efficient Lighting Can Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Provide Electricity for People Who Do Not Have It.”
 
SE4ALL CEO  honoured with the 2014 Nayudamma Award
 
The UN Under-Secretary-General and Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Chief Executive of the Initiative on Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL), Dr. Kandeh K. Yumkella, was honoured on November 13 2014 with the Nayudamma Award for his outstanding contributions to the energy sector.

Instituted in 1994 by the Nellore based Nayudamma Centre for Development Initiatives and given annually to individuals for their significant contributions around the world in the areas of sustainable development, the award commemorates the distinguished scientist and internationally renowned leather technologist, Dr. Yelavarthy Nayudamma.

Delivering the 20th Prof Y. Nayudamma Memorial Lecture  at the Central Leather Research Institute on "Achieving Sustainable Energy for All in the Context of the Post-2015 United Nations Development Agenda", Yumkella noted that "issues of energy are central to maintaining peace and socio-economic development." He further urged the global community "to come together to face three major challenges: energy security, energy access and climate change."

Receiving the award from the Chief Guest of  the function, Union Minister of Urban Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation and Parliamentary Affairs  M. Venkaiah Naidu, Yumkella noted that he is truly humbled to receive the 2014 Nayudama award. "The work of bringing sustainable energy for all is not an easy one but with our many partners around the world and my staff, we will continue to make a difference. This award, I accept today,  is on behalf of the work that they all do in furthering the global targets of the initiative," said Dr. Yumkella.
Dr. Jagadeesh, a noted Alternative Energy Expert and Chairman of Nayudamma Award selection committee, mentioned that Dr. Kandeh Yumkella has held several global positions and is the recipient of many international awards in recognition for his work around the world.

Yumkella’s numerous awards include the UN Global Leadership Award, the 2013 Energy Efficiency Visionary Award for exceptional contribution to the advancement of energy efficiency through his work with Sustainable Energy for All,  the 2013 Distinguished Alumnus Award for his outstanding achievements in contributing to sustainable development, particularly in the area of sustainable energy in Africa and around the globe and the Madhuri and Jagadish N. Sheth International Alumni Award for Exceptional Achievement.

Previous awardees include Dr. K. Kasturirangan, Former Member, Planning Commission, Government of India, Dr. Ghauth Jasmon, Former Vice Chancellor, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Dr. Bernard Amadei, President, Engineers Without Borders, University Colorado, USA and  Dr.V.S.Ramamurthy, Former Secretary, DST, Government of India. Dr. M.Y.S.Prasad, Director, Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota and Dr. Allam Appa Rao, Director, C.R. Rao Advanced Institute of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science (AIMSCS) Hyderabad, were  guests of honour at the high-level ceremony.
 
A two-term former Director-General of  UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Dr. Yumkella holds a  Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from University of Illinois. Previously, he was Sierra Leone's Minister for Trade, Industry and State Enterprises.
 
530 million Sub-Saharan people, primarily in rural communities, to remain without energy access in 2040 
 
The Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) welcomed the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) choice for Sub-Saharan Africa as the topic for its World Energy Outlook Special Report. This region has the highest needs for access to energy and energy services in the world.
 
At the Italy-Africa Initiative Ministerial Conference “Italy-Africa, working together for a sustainable energy future” hosted by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Rome on 13-14 October 2014, IEA Chief Economist Fatih Birol explained that nearly 1 billion people in the region will gain access to electricity by 2040, but that this would still leave 530 million people primarily in rural communities without power. To enable energy to act as an engine of inclusive economic and social growth, the IEA recommends an upgraded power sector, deeper regional cooperation and better management of resources and revenues.
 
In the understanding that market information and partnering with key players is strategic to engage effectively in rural Sub-Sahara, ARE together with the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) and the African Union Commission (AUC) circulated a new edition of ARE’s flagship publication: Best Practices for Clean Energy Access in Africa. This publication, which comprises 20 case studies and details how to effectively electrify rural areas based on the latest innovations and existing cost-efficient technologies, was presented at the “Dialogue Forum with the Private Sector in the Off-grid Renewable Energy Market” Workshop. About 200 high-level participants attended the workshop from the public and private sector, which took place on the first day of the Ministerial Conference in Rome.
 
“As a partner of the SE4ALL initiative, it is important to draw up solutions to develop sustainable business models. The market becomes relevant when we integrate locals and their competences into the value chain. Together with the help of local partners, we need more research and development to bring in the latest information about rural electrification markets. We would very much welcome more performance data about rural developments as in-depth knowledge of local conditions is key for private sector investments,” said Marcus Wiemann, Secretary General of the Alliance for Rural Electrification.
 
World Water Week Stockholm 2014 

The World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden, is the annual focal point for discussing global water issues for almost 25 years. Organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), the conference provides an interactive platform for over 200 organizations to convene events about water and development issues. Over 3,000 participants from more than 140 countries from around the globe presented their findings at the scientific workshops and seminars. The theme for 2014 was ‘Energy and Water’. Participants jointly emphasized the importance of a water goal in the SDGs, and the intimate integration of energy and water in the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
 
In order to widen the reach, enrich the discussions and encourage broader participation, SIWI teamed up with key collaborating partners, namely, SE4ALL, World Bank and IUCN. Besides being a key collaborating partner, SE4ALL convened or co-convened several events at the World Water Week. The events included workshops, seminars, side-events and media briefings.
 
The 2014 World Water Week was very timely with regard to the SDGs consultation process - taking place two weeks ahead of the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly and a month after the release of the UN Open Working Group report on the SDGs. The High Level Ministerial Panel framed the discussion on the inter-linkages between energy and water and their crucial role in the post-2015 development agenda.  The event, which was convened by SE4ALL, SIWI and IIASA, also provided a platform for some SE4ALL principal partners to discuss key aspects of the water-energy nexus they are working with.
 
World Resource Institute Publishes Renewable Energy Cost Comparison Factsheet
 
The World Resources Institute (WRI) has launched a factsheet that enables better cost comparisons of electricity from renewables and fossil fuels by identifying key factors to consider, namely: type of user; supply options; and factors that impact additional costs and benefits, such as environmental risks or financial incentives.
 
The publication, titled ‘Understanding Renewable Energy Cost Parity,' seeks to provide a simple, “go-to” resource for information on appropriate comparisons of renewable and “traditional” electricity supply options. The factsheet constitutes the first in a series of three publications that aim to support clarity and precision in cost analyses of renewable energy options made by decision makers in companies, residences, governments and advocacy organizations. In particular, the guide is intended for electricity buyers looking for financial savings, and electricity system planners, regulators and policy makers seeking economic and social benefits for end-users.
 
The publication argues that, in order for decision makers to know where and when renewable energy is the cheapest solution, they should establish: “with what should a renewable energy option be compared”; and “which factors need to be considered in determining cost parity.”
 
Among the publication's key messages are that: for end-use consumers, on-site generation is cost-competitive when its average cost of energy is lower than or equal to the retail electricity price over the project's lifetime; for large industrial and/or commercial consumers, power purchase agreements (PPAs) are cost-competitive when the price paid for generated electricity is lower than or equal to the retail electricity price over the project's lifetime or contract; and, for utilities and other wholesale buyers, a renewable energy project is cost-competitive if its cost of energy and/or risk is lower than or equal to that of other technologies providing the same service during the same period of time.
 
The factsheet also argues for the need to take into account potential additional factors, including fluctuations in electricity prices, different time periods used in comparisons, assumptions and methodologies relating to levelized cost of energy (LCOE) calculations, technology-specific subsidies, possible PPAs, and costs of compliance with environmental regulations.
 
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In This Newsletter

Activity Updates

Save the Date SE4ALL Forum in New York 2015
 
Major SE4ALL announcements at the Climate Summit

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon cuts the ribbon for the Sustainable Energy for All Office in Vienna

WRI blog - The US-China Climate Agreement: By The Numbers

The World Energy Outlook released in November 2014

Secretary-General`s report on the UN Decade of Sustainable Energy for All

Friends of SE4ALL get update on 2nd Global Tracking Framework

Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves announces more than 400 Million USD pledged to scale up clean cooking solutions

SE4ALL further commits at Clean Cookstoves

C2E2 Reviews Progress in First Year, Highlights Partnership

Japan to share energy efficiency experiences through SE4ALL

Launch of SE4ALL in the Americas - Energy for All, No Matter How Remote

`Energy for Women's and Children`s Health: from Data to Safe Delivery`

Global Efficient Lighting Forum Addresses Accelerated Transition to Efficient Lighting

SE4ALL CEO honoured with the 2014 Nayudamma Award

530 Million Sub-Saharan People, Primarily in Rural Communities, Remain without Energy Access until 2040

World Water Week in Stockholm 2014

World Resource Institute Publishes Renewable Energy Cost Comparison Factsheet




 
 
Upcoming Events 
 
15 December: IASS GIZ BMZ- Germany`s Energiewende, (Berlin)

11 - 13 January: Vibrant Gujarat (India)

16 January: Energy Efficiency Briefing for Permanent Missions in Vienna (UN Vienna International Center)

17- 18 January: IRENA Assembly (Abu Dhabi)

18 - 21  January: World Future Energy Summit (Abu Dhabi)

20 - 21 Januray: International Green Economy and Technology Forum (Bahrain)

21 - 24 January: World Economic Forum - (Davos)

26 - 27 January: Workshop of the African Development Bank (Abidijan)

29 - 31 January: African Union Summit

2 February: PGA High-Level Thematic Debate on Mols for the Post-2015 Developement Agenda (New York)

2 - 3 Feburary: ECOSOC Youth Forum (New York)

4 - 7 February: Delhi Summit on Sustainable Development (New Delhi)

16 Feburay: Country Action Workshop AfDB (Cote d'Ivoire)

17 February: SE4ALL meeting organized by the United Nations Regional Information Center (Brussels) 

25 February: SE4ALL event at Rockefeller Foundation (New York)

2 March: PGA High-Level Thematic Deabte on Gender Equality, Women`s Empowerment Post-2015, (New York)

25 - 27 March: Dresden Nexus Conference, (Dresden) 

13 - 15 April: Bloomberg New Energy Finance Summit (New York)

16 - 17 April: Joint GSEP/ECLAC Conference on PPPs and Energy Storage (Brazil)

17 - 19 April: Spring Meeting of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (Washington D.C)

20 - 23 April: World Green Economy Summit (New York)

20 - 21 April: Special high-level meeting of ECOSOC with the World Bank, IMF, WTO and UNCTAD (New York)

27 - 28 April: ECLAC (Brazil)

20 - 23 April: World Green Economy Summit (Dubai)

 
Major Events 2015
 

18 - 22 May: Second SE4ALL Forum, NY

18 - 20 June: Vienna Energy Forum, Vienna

30 Nov - 11 Dec: UNFCCC COP 21 (Paris)

28 - 30 September: UN Summit for Adoption of the Post-2015 Development Agenda (New York)
 

 
 
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Sustainable Energy for All
is a multi-stakeholder initiative launched by UN SG Ban Ki-moon to mobilise governments, the private sector and civil society to make transformational changes in the world's energy system.

It has three ambitious but achievable objectives:
  1. to ensure universal access to modern energy services;
  2. to double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency; and
  3. to double the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.

The Initiative's Global Action Agenda charts a path for stakeholders to realize the objectives by 2030. In achieving sustainable energy for all, we can strengthen economic growth, expand equity and opportunity, and protect the environment for long-term prosperity.
 
 
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