SEforALL Forum 2018 Recap

SEforALL Forum 2018 Recap


Every sectional society has to be working together to avoid a climate crisis. You can’t hit the SDGs without energy. We’re coming to you live the Sustainable Energy Forum here in Lisbon. We’re not just talking about energy in terms of electrons and how they move. It’s about healthcare, it’s about education. It’s about prosperity, it’s about jobs and businesses. Without energy that life story is not possible. Energy is the first step into development. We should see every megawatt or gigawatt installed as more than just additional units of power. They are profound agents of social and economic change. They transform lives. I went to a remote village in Togo. Four women, with no formal education, they came back to the village to install solar electricity in every household. And now everyone in the village have electricity and they are making more money. Clean cooking is not just about fuel. It is also about health, it’s also about food security, It’s also about education and, in fact, it is a women’s issue. Energy efficiency is the Green Revolution of modern Services make it energy-efficient makes it cheaper to roll out by orders of magnitude How much would it cost us to actually achieve all those goals? 0.2 percent of global GDP. It’s not the question of technology, it’s not the question of money, it’s a question of will. Are we in a path that assures that everybody has clean energy in 2030? Not yet. It’s our very great pleasure and privilege to be here to share with you today the brand new Tracking SDG 7: The Energy Progress Report. Almost 4 million premature deaths, every year, caused by this lack of access to clean fuels and technologies at home. This report is a snapshot of where the world stands on energy, and the key message is that we still have a lot of work to do. We are starting to see some real success stories, across both the developed and developing world. These examples give us hope. Some voices all over the world, they’re not pushing enough for the change of speed that we need on this precious moment of time. Our collective mission must be to scale up and speed up integrated investments in sustainable energy. This is really the time for us to push ourselves to work together. The climate movement really has to be a movement of movements, a challenge like this requires unprecedented collaboration in order to make sure that nobody is left behind. Together we can go further, and together we will go faster. We are standing at the cusp of a revolution. You are revolutionaries.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *