World energy ministers commit to initiatives

Leaders from the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) and the UN Secretary-General’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative (SE4All) have outlined commitments by participating countries and private sector leaders to promote improved […]

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By Tom Gibson

Leaders from the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) and the UN Secretary-General’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative (SE4All) have outlined commitments by participating countries and private sector leaders to promote improved energy efficiency, renewable energy technologies and increased energy access around the world.

Following two days of talks in London, the leaders from around the world support the goal of sustainable energy for all by 2030, the primary objective of the Secretary-General’s initiative.

Sixteen of the governments participating in the Super-efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment (SEAD) initiative recommitted to working together and with the private sector to improve the energy efficiency of equipment and appliances. This included a new public-private partnership that will help better use the billions of dollars spent globally on appliance efficiency programs each year.

Italy and the US announced the launch of ‘Lighting India’, a scheme which aims to bring modern lighting to 2 million people by the end of 2015. This builds on the Lighting Africa program, which has accelerated the delivery of quality off-grid devices to 2.5 million people in Africa.

Several CEM participants also committed to strengthen the Clean Energy Solutions Center. Launched a year ago, the Solutions Center is a $15 million Internet-based technical assistance project which gives 10,000 users from 150 countries access to 1,300 clean energy policy resources.