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UN Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) Forum 2015

Last month the United Nations convened the second Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) Forum in New York City. It brought together government bodies, international organizations, NGOs, corporations, and citizen groups from around the world. Having attended all four days, I thought I would write a summary of some of the things that caught my attention.

The UN SE4All overarching goals are to achieve universal energy access by 2030, to double the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix by 2030, and to double the global rate of improvements in energy efficiency. To achieve this, many different actors are required, from government to corporations to civil society.

And in a timely fashion, this event is taking place in what is shaping up to be the warmest year on record (the only exception globally is the Eastern US/Canada):

Given the many concurrent sessions, I cannot provide an exhaustive overview of the whole event, so I instead simply aim to highlight some interesting comments and discussions, interspersed with live tweets from the conference.

Investment Opportunities

Financing Challenges



Several interesting tools were discussed in the various sessions, ranging from maps, to databases, to calculators. Here are a few that caught my eye:

Overall Summary

I left the conference quite inspired that there is a growing global momentum to address energy poverty and to increase the deployment of sustainable energy the world over, thereby minimizing the effects of climate change on those that will be affected most. René Castro, the former minister of energy and the environment of Costa Rica really summed it all perfectly during his address on the final day:

Were you at the SE4All Forum? If so, leave a comment to say what you found most interesting. If not, leave a comment with your own thoughts on the issue of energy access and renewable energy! And don’t forget to sign up for the mailing list!

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