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Large NGO consortium offers recommendations on Energy

A broad consortium of 14 big NGOs has come together to strongly endorse a set of six key recommendations on including energy in the development framework:


  1. Access to affordable and reliable energy services is crucial to the success of the post-2015 development framework. Shifting to more sustainable and efficient energy systems globally is also crucial for tackling climate change – the most serious threat to future poverty eradication.

  2. The dual focus of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative – promoting universal energy access and a shift to low or zero carbon energy production globally – should be supported. SE4ALL could form the basis of a standalone energy goal. The broad development impacts of energy poverty also make integrating energy targets and indicators in other goal areas crucial.

  3. Any energy goal requires a meaningful and holistic definition of ‘access’ that can capture development outcomes including gender equality. This requires a ‘total energy access’ approach, rather than one that merely measures grid connection. The package of energy and cooking services included in Tier three of the SE4ALL Global Tracking Framework should be the baseline for measuring access. Concrete targets and indicators are also needed to address the gendered aspects of energy poverty.

  4. Increased financial, political and technical support for decentralised, low or zero carbon technologies is critical. Financing energy services for the poorest also requires a combination of innovative publicprivate partnerships, along with social enterprise initiatives and national government investment.

  5. More finance and technological solutions alone will not guarantee success: a ‘bottom up’, participatory approach to designing and delivering services is also crucial. The post-2015 framework must also recognise the role played by the public sector and civil society in delivering energy to the poorest.

  6. The current SE4ALL targets on renewables and efficiency must be increased to incentivise sufficient action by 2030 to prevent dangerous climate change. This requires greater investment plus removal of incentives for fossil fuel production and consumption, with adequate protection for poor and vulnerable groups. Poorer countries must also have the means of implementation to incentivise adoption of low or zero carbon energy systems.


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Comment by Jacinta Murunga on June 04, 2014

Thank you so much for the insightful article. The 6 factors are crucial and I fully echo the ‘total energy access aspect’. More emphasis has been placed on how many households or business premises have been connected to a source of power. Access should encompass not only actual connections, but also the social, cultural, environmental, and economic forces within communities. Therefore, total access should be measured in terms of how the aforementioned have been positively and negatively impacted, by the introduction of the technology or energy source in question.

Jacinta Murunga
Promotion of Solar-Hybrid Mini-Grids in Kenya
GIZ Kenya