Sustainable Energy for All

In Brief

2015, Vienna & Washington; SEforALL, a multi-stakeholder partnership pursuing SDG#7 on access to affordable energy for all by 2030 by doubling the rate of improvement in energy efficiency and doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix


(2015, Vienna & Washington;

A multi-stakeholder partnership between governments, the private sector, and civil society, launched by the UN Secretary-General to: 1) ensure universal access to modern energy services, 2) double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency, and 3) double the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix by 2030. The initiative supports the 20142024 Decade of Sustainable Energy for All as declared by the General Assembly, which calls on Member States to galvanize efforts to make universal access to sustainable modern energy services a priority, noting that 1.3 billion people are without electricity and 2.6 billion people still rely on traditional biomass for cooking and heating.

The Global Action Agenda supports the initiative’s three objectives, with 11 Action Areas in two categories. The seven Sectoral Action Areas address power generation and the major sectors of energy consumption: Modern Cooking Appliances & Fuels; Distributed Electricity Solutions; Grid Infrastructure & Supply Efficiency; Large Scale Renewable Power; Industrial & Agricultural Processes; Transportation; and Buildings & Appliances. The four Enabling Action Areas support cross-cutting mechanisms to support effective sectoral action, and address existing obstacles: Energy Planning & Policies; Business Model & Technology Innovation; Finance & Risk Management; Capacity Building & Knowledge Sharing. Governments from 106 countries and the EU have expressed an interest in advancing Sustainable Energy for All. Many have completed rapid assessments to help determine the main challenges and opportunities in achieving the three goals of SE4All.

The Global Energy Efficiency Accelerator Platform is a systemic framework developed by public-private partnerships to scale up policy, action and investment that supports the initiatives. The goals, actions, projects and programs are supported by Regional (Africa, Asia-Pacific, Latin America) and Thematic (Energy Efficiency, Renewable, Capacity Building) and Knowledge (World Bank) Hubs. A private sector energy efficiency campaign, currently involving 40 actors, encourages companies to actively engage in global efforts doubling the rate of energy efficiency improvements and to help lead the global transition to a low-carbon, climate-resilient economy. Annual forums involve 1000+ participants. Downloadable publications, including an Annual Report, describe activities and conceptual approaches in detail. A core staff of 8 seem to coordinate the work of over 1,000 practitioners in a network to advance goals and track progress. The executive committee is chaired by Charles O. Holliday, Jr., current chairman of Royal Dutch Shell, and populated with 11 others of that stature, including Rachel Kyte, Vice President for Sustainable Development, World Bank. The advisory board includes HRH Prince Abdulaziz Bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Deputy Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources of Saudi Arabia. CEO: Kandeh K. Yumkella, Ph.D. (

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