Scotland hosts European launch of UN sustainable energy decade, as Commonwealth Games begin

28 July 2014

LONDON: The opening of the Commonwealth Games in Scotland has coincided with the European launch of an important UN sustainable energy initiative in Glasgow, highlighting Scotland's ongoing clean revolution leadership efforts.

UN Decade of Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) 2014-2024, aims to boost public awareness of the links between energy, economic development and peace and security.

The decade-long campaign is critical to achieving UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's previously stated goal that by 2030, all citizens worldwide should have access to modern energy services.

Aligned to universal energy access, the UN has also argued for a doubling in the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency, as well as a significant increase in the share of renewable energy in the international energy mix.

Delivering the key note speech at the event, UN Under-Secretary-General and the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and Chief Executive of the initiative on SE4ALL, Dr Kandeh Yumkella observed: “Energy issues are about equity and development. In most Commonwealth countries, Africa and South-Asia in particular, energy is a women’s issue. It can mean the difference between safety and fear, freedom and servitude, and even life and death."

“We have dedicated the first two years of the Decade to highlight the importance of energy for women and children’s health and economic empowerment. The world must come together to end energy poverty and prevent the dangerous effects of climate change”, the Chief Executive expanded. 

Scotland - a valued member of The Climate Group’s States & Regions Alliance - has long been at the forefront of the European switch to sustainable energy and is on track to realize its 2020 target of generating 100% electricity from renewable energy by 2020.

Paul Wheelhouse, Scotland’s Environment and Climate Change Minister elaborated: “We have cut our emissions by 30% since 1990 and have increased our onshore wind power threefold in the last decade.”

The Minister also emphasized Scotland’s global outlook, citing the £6 million Climate Justice Fund, which ensures the climate vulnerable have access to clean water, food and energy.

In addition, a new SE4ALL Forum co-chaired by the Scottish Government and Scottish Renewables will be established to enable the nation to continue to contribute to global sustainable development.

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Video courtesy of Scottish Government

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By Alana Ryan


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