SUSTAINABLE ENERGY FOR ALL
During the Global Green Growth Forum in Copenhagen in October 2014, Saint-Gobain CEO and Chairman, Pierre-André de Chalendar, signed the UN’s Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative. SE4ALL was launched in 2012 and aims to improve the lives of the poorest and most vulnerable people by ensuring universal access to modern energy services, increasing the share of renewable energy sources around the world, and improving energy efficiency. The initiative is led by the Secretary-General of the United Nations.
The Sustainable Energy for All initiative is a multi-stakeholder partnership between governments, the private sector, and civil society. Launched by the UN Secretary-General in 2011, it has three interlinked objectives to be achieved by 2030:
- Providing universal access to moddern energy services
- Doubling the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency
- Doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix
These three objectives, each one important in its own right, reinforce each other in important ways. For example, affordable renewable energy technologies bring modern energy services to rural communities where extension of the conventional power grid is prohibitively expensive and impractical. Bolstering energy efficiency can provide substantial cost savings to governments, businesses and households, while freeing up power for other more productive uses. Achieving the three objectives together will maximize development benefits and help stabilize climate change over the long run.