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World Peace Day 2016: - GOAL 7: Affordable and Clean Energy - Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and clean energy for all

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GOAL 7: Affordable and Clean Energy - Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and clean energy for all

THE FACTS:Energy is central to nearly every major challenge and opportunity the world faces today. Be it for jobs, security, climate change, food production or increasing incomes, access to energy for all is essential. Sustainable energy is opportunity – it transforms lives, economies and the planet. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is leading a Sustainable Energy for All initiative to ensure universal access to modern energy services, improve efficiency and increase use of renewable sources

THE FIGURES:

  • One in five people still lacks access to modern electricity
  • 3 billion people rely on wood, coal, charcoal or animal waste for cooking and heating
  • Energy is the dominant contributor to climate change, accounting for around 60 per cent of total global greenhouse gas emissions
  • Reducing the carbon intensity of energy is a key objective in long-term climate goals.

 

The challenge of tackling climate change has been how to balance economic development and environmental sustainability as most third world communities rely on wood, coal, charcoal or animal waste for cooking and heating. While the argument rages on that developed countries reached their level of development at the expense of developing countries in what was called the brown way of economic growth, WANEP is worried that numerous environmental summits have failed to tackle the climate change challenge of developing countries. WANEP acknowledges that Africans desire a friendly environment it could bequeath to its generations and no developed countries' emission and environmental indiscipline should stand on its way to achieving this.