Last week, over 500 representatives of governments, civil society, the private sector, including ACCIONA, and international organizations throughout Latin America and the Caribbean met in Santiago de Chile to participate in the launch in Latin America and the Caribbean of the Decade of Sustainable Energy for All (2014-202), an initiative led by the United Nations.
Latin America and the Caribbean have the highest rate of access to electricity in the developing world—95%—but nonetheless more than 30 million people do not have access.
Key points of this new initiative include:
The first two years of the Decade will focus basically on the Energy-Women-Children-Health” nexus: Throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, over 80 million people do not have a safe, clean place to cook, which has profound consequences for health, particularly of women and children.
The Decade of Sustainable Energy for All (2014-2024) is a unique opportunity to pool efforts in pursuit of a common goal. The Decade of Sustainable Energy for All seeks to eradicate poverty and foster sustainable development and global prosperity.
A transition to sustainable energy in Latin America and the Caribbean is possible: Innovation and development have made new renewable energy sources an affordable reality, which can help expand the range of energy products, build more stable economies, improve energy security, ensure more fairness, and help slow climate change. Moreover, localized energy solutions based on small or off-grid networks will benefit 30 million people in Latin America and the Caribbean who lack access to electricity, most of them living in rural areas not connected to a grid.
Energy efficiency has great potential to produce economic, social and environmental benefits in the region: There is a need for clear leadership, plus new partnerships, planning and funding to ensure that the goal of sustainable energy for all by 2030 is attained. Overall, participants from governments, civil society, the private sector and international organizations can help support the planning and funding needed to achieve sustainable energy for all in Latin America and the Caribbean. The necessary resources are often available, but stimulus policies and incentives are needed along with clear leadership to achieve a long-term orientation.
Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has been designated to host the "Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL)" regional group in the Americas, supporting the implementation of the initiative in the region by providing a versatile space where members can make inquiries and interact with experts from around the world.
Since April 2013, the Chairman of ACCIONA is the only Spanish representative on the Advisory Board of the initiative, which has among its objectives to achieve, by 2030: universal access to electricity, and for 30% of energy to come from renewable sources, coupled with a 40% improvement in energy efficiency.