Kandeh Yumkella,
Co-chair, High-level
Group, Sustainable
Energy for All
Brussels, Belgium --- (METERING.COM) --- February 15, 2012 - A Framework for Action aimed to mobilize commitments towards the Sustainable Energy for All initiative has been launched.

The Framework for Action is aimed at governments, businesses, and civil society towards achieving the initiative’s three objectives for 2030:

  • Ensuring universal access to modern energy services (reducing to none the 1.3 billion people without access to electricity and the 2.7 billon people without access to clean cooking facilities)
  • Doubling the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency (to 2.4 percent from 1.2 percent from 1970 to 2008)
  • Doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix (to 30 percent from about 15 percent currently).

The initiative was proposed by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon as a “priority” for his second term of office.
The Framework, which was drafted by the initiative’s High-level Group, proposes several high impact areas for action at the national and international level. These include efforts to expand energy access, promoting efficiency standards and policies, and strengthening investment in renewables.

Launching the Framework, Kandeh Yumkella, chair of UN-Energy and co-chair of the High-level Group, said: “This Framework will enable governments, the private sector and civil society groups to make specific commitments to action which will drive progress from the boardroom to the smallest village, enabling the world to achieve sustainable energy for all by 2030.”

The High-level group will be developing roadmaps to 2030 for each of the three objectives. The group also will describe and assess the high impact initiatives as a more detailed action agenda is developed.