On April 16 2012, the Sustainable Energy for All Summit was held in Brussels.
At the conference, the UN General-Secretary Ban Ki-Moon, the President of the EU Commission together with representatives from developing countries, the private sector and civil society have discussed how the EU can contribute to the implementation of the UN General-Secretary’s initiative on Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL). A separate part of the conference has been focused on the specific challenges related to women’s access to modern energy services in developing countries.
The European Union (EU) has announced a €50m initiative for energy projects in developing countries as part of an ambitious UN plan to provide sustainable energy for all by 2030.
José Manuel Barroso, the EU commission president, said the EU will seek to mobilise additional support of up to several hundred million euros to support concrete new investments for developing countries in the run-up to June's Rio+20 conference on sustainable development
The SE4ALL initiative was launched by the UN Secretary-General in 2011. The initiative sets three goals which should be achieved by 2030 and which combine the development and the climate change agenda:
- Ensure universal access to modern energy services
- double the rate of improvement in energy efficiency globally
- double the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.
Eni is a member of SE4ALL since its launch and has contributed to its development leading to the creation of the Task Force on Business Action. Established on the basis of the commitment by Eni’s CEO Paolo Scaroni at the LEAD Luncheon in January 2011, the Task Force contributes to the involvement of the private sector and to the adoption of concrete commitments. It is through SE4LL that Eni plans its contribution to Rio+20 for the access to energy and the reduction of gas flaring.