World leaders to accelerate shift to clean energy

By District Energy posted 5 days ago


Faced with the rapidly accelerating impacts of climate change and urgent need to reduce carbon emissions from the energy sector, while ensuring that all people have access to electricity and clean energy, the UN is bringing together heads of state and government as well as leaders from business, foundations and other organisations on September 24 to mobilise commitments and actions.

The High-level Dialogue on Energy, which will be convened by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at the summit level at the request of the General Assembly, is an historic opportunity to close this gap, as the first gathering of leaders in more than 40 years at the UN solely devoted to energy issues.

It will produce a roadmap toward net-zero emissions and universal energy access and provide an opportunity for governments, as well as businesses and civil society organizations, to present plans and commitments in the form of "Energy Compacts", that will help achieve Sustainable Development Goal 7 and the Paris Agreement.

As of early September, over 100 Energy Compacts have been submitted from organisations in over 26 countries, including: member states; businesses; UN and international organisations; foundations; financial institutions; regions and cities; and civil society groups, including several youth networks.

They include commitments on boosting access to electricity and clean cooking, increasing the share of renewables and energy efficiency, spurring investment and showcasing other new technologies.

Many more compacts are expected prior to the High-level Dialogue and in the months ahead, as the commitments are tracked through the 2030 target year and partnerships expanded.

Among the large-scale Energy Compacts already previewed, the Rockefeller Foundation and IKEA Foundation have committed $1 billion to spearhead a new global funding platform and empower one billion people with access to distributed renewable energy, such as mini-grids.

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) pledged to invest an additional $1.3 billion by 2023 to finance district energy investments and other services as part of its Green Cities programme in nearly 40 countries.

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