Energy for development
· Up to 2 billion mostly rural people have no access to electricity. A further 2 billion are severely undersupplied.
· One third of the world relies on traditional fuels—wood, dung etc—for heating and cooking. Indoor air pollution increases is a leading cause of infant and child mortality in developing countries.
· Without energy the poor of the world cannot move forward. The WSSD Plan of Implementation calls for the increased use of renewable energy resources, more efficient use of energy, greater reliance on advanced energy technologies, and the sustainable use of traditional energy resources.
UNEP and sustainable energy
The UNEP Energy Programme
Addresses the environmental consequences of energy production and use. UNEP Energy is concerned with renewable energy, energy efficiency, transport, energy finance and policy issues.
Solar and Wind Energy Resources Assessment (SWERA)
Funded by the Global Environment Facility, SWERA is helping to provide information renewable electricity generation potential for developers and investors.
Rural Energy Enterprise Development
Rural Energy Enterprise Development initiatives in Africa, Brazil and China, financed in part by the UN Foundation, support new sustainable energy enterprises to meet the energy needs of under-served populations.
UNEP Offshore Oil and Gas Environment Forum
A multi-stakeholder initiative for the sustainable development of the offshore oil and gas industry.