Global Development Leaders to Accelerate Universal Energy Access through Greater Energy Efficiency

Led by the Clean Energy Ministerial’s Global Lighting and Energy Access Partnership and the Sustainable Energy for All initiative, the Efficiency for Access Coalition will accelerate access to enhanced modern energy services beyond lighting by 2030. 

Today at the COP21 climate negotiations in Paris, the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) announced the launch of the Efficiency for Access (E4A) Coalition, a new collaborative effort between the CEM’s Global Lighting and Energy Access Partnership (Global LEAP) and Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) to accelerate universal access to energy. E4A will bring together and amplify the efforts of global development partners to harness the power of energy efficiency to achieve universal access to enhanced energy services – beyond lighting – by 2030.

 “We’re excited to announce the E4A Coalition. It will bring together the world’s leading companies, organizations, and governments around one of our planet’s most pressing challenges,” said David Turk, Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Climate and Technology at the U.S. Department of Energy, which coordinates the Global LEAP initiative. “This coalition will help drive a strategic shift in global thinking around pathways for achieving universal energy access.”

Globally, more than 1 billion people live without access to electricity. These under-served, off-grid communities are among the world’s poorest. Super-efficient, off-grid appliances, income-generating equipment, and other end-use technologies can unlock a wider range of energy services—such as communication, cooling, agro-processing, water pumping, health services, entertainment, and more—and at the same time radically reduce the energy supply investment to make off-grid energy services more affordable.  

“This coalition is an innovative, crosscutting initiative that leverages the robust SE4All partnership platform to shine a spotlight on the transformational role that affordable, high-quality, and highly-efficient technologies can play in advancing progress towards meeting the ambitious Sustainable Development Goal 7 [Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all],” said Mohinder Gulati, SE4All’s Chief Operating Officer.

E4A will optimize global efforts to deliver clean, modern energy services to off-grid populations by integrating end-use energy efficiency into broader electrification efforts. By mobilizing global support for the development and deployment of super-efficient, high-quality energy products and services, E4A will help unlock the massive potential of energy efficiency as an energy access resource.

Speaking on behalf of Global LEAP and its partners, Mr. Mahmood Malik, CEO of Bangladesh’s Infrastructure and Development Company Limited (IDCOL), announced the E4A Coalition during COP21’s Lima-Paris Action Agenda Energy Day. “IDCOL’s successes in deploying energy access technologies in Bangladesh have had spillover effects for energy access markets globally,” said Mr. Malik. “We are pleased to continue this good work in partnership with Global LEAP and the E4A Coalition by leveraging our unique strengths to help drive a global transformation in markets for super-efficient, off-grid compatible appliances and equipment.”

E4A will lead a Year of Action to mobilize and coordinate commitments from public- and private-sector partners leading up to COP22 in 2016. In coordination with the coalition’s launch, E4A released its 2016 Framework for Action, which outlines E4A’s vision and steps for the coming year towards the overarching goal of deploying super-efficient technologies to enable universal access to enhanced energy services by 2030.

To learn more about the E4A Coalition and the E4A Year of Action 2016, please visit Efficiency4Access.org.

Contact: info@Efficiency4Access.org

Source: Clean Energy Ministerial