Civil Society Call: Energy for All

HEDON has joined a diverse group of 71 civil society organisations from Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa to call on EU leaders to commit to eradicating energy poverty and achieving universal energy access by 2030.

Energy for All 2030 is a cross-European project, dedicated to raising the public and political profile of energy access. With a particular focus on Sub-Saharan Africa, as the region most acutely affected, we call for increased political will to deliver energy for all and the quantity and quality of EU funding to make this a reality.

Overview

Almost half the world’s population currently live without modern energy. Projections show that the situation is likely to be the same in two decades time. As a result, billions of women, men and children will be denied the power to challenge their poverty.

Specifically focusing on how access to energy can support the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals in Sub-Saharan Africa, the project ultimately aims to see a step change in EC funding for African energy initiatives that reach the poorest communities.

Project Duration

April 2010 to March 2013

Expected Results

  • Political commitment to actively support the prioritisation of energy access at local level in sub Saharan Africa
  • Public awareness of the urgent need for greater support of energy access for development
  • Policy dialogue between African and European partners to promote a coordinated approach to enhancing energy access

Energy for All – Make Your Point

The Make Your Point campaign asks people to show why they think energy access is important by choosing one of five coloured points. Together, people’s points create an array of colour which visually represents support for energy for all.

Helen Marsh, Lead Campaigner at Practical Action said: “We often take access to energy for granted in this part of the world and it’s easy to forget how much we rely on it for daily life and work. This campaign gets people to think about the importance of energy access for people in developing countries, and the vital role it plays in alleviating poverty.”

The aim of the campaign is to build interest ahead of the UN’s 2012 International Year of Sustainable Energy for All.

For more information read the news article or visit Practical Action's website.



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