In September 2015, world leaders came together to formulate 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The 7th goal aims to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all by 2030. A few months later, 195 countries signed an agreement in Paris to limit global warming to less than 2°C.
RE100 issued their 2016 Annual Report highlighting that the cost of renewable power technologies is continuing to drop, which is strengthening the economic case for switching to renewable power.
Renewables now generate 22.8% of all global electricity use – and this is set to grow further still. Looking at economic data, changing policy, power capacity patterns and global demand, we can see that there are multiple reasons for this inevitable shift to renewable sources of power generation.
The 2016 United Nations High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development concluded on 20 July with the adoption of a declaration that commits ministers from around the world to leave no one behind in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The Forum, which opened on 11 July, is the UN’s central platform for the follow-up and review of progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The UK needs to maintain its commitment to greener growth amid turbulence following the country’s referendum vote to leave the European Union, Rachel Kyte, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General and CEO of Sustainable Energy for All, tells the Guardian.
Kyte, speaking before the appointment of Theresa May as the UK’s new Prime Minister, said generating more energy from cleaner sources would boost jobs and the economy at a time of uncertainty, and help poorer people the most.
Women’s voices must be heard so that clear priorities are set in the transition to energy access and low-carbon growth, Rachel Kyte, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General and CEO of Sustainable Energy for All, says in the latest edition of ENERGIA’s newsletter.
From June 11 to 20, the United Nations will hold the 2016 High-level Political Forum for Sustainable Development in New York. The forum is the United Nations’ central platform for the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals adopted at the United Nations Development Summit on September 25, 2015.
Donor funding for clean energy access in developing countries needs coordination and discipline to deliver the right results, Rachel Kyte, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General and CEO of Sustainable Energy for All, tells the Christian Science Monitor.
“The basic message is: it isn’t just that governments have to change their ways, the whole international community that is supposed to be supporting government needs to do something slightly different going forward than it did in the past,” Kyte said during a meeting with reporters in Washington.
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The United States, Canada and Mexico have set an ambitious joint goal to produce at least 50% of their power by 2025 from wind, solar and other carbon-free sources of electricity, as well as energy efficiency measures.
A new report published by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) reveals that more than 8.1 million people worldwide are now employed by the renewable energy industry- a 5% increase from the 2014 figure of 7.7 million. This growth is significant as it stands in contrast to overall trends across the broader energy sector; the total number of renewable energy jobs worldwide rose in 2015 while jobs in the broader energy sector fell. According to IRENA director Adnan Z. Amin, “this increase is being driven by declining renewable energy costs and enabling policy frameworks.