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and this post, Just another meeting
JUST ANOTHER MEETING
It is not a chance that climate negotiations are taking place just a few months after other important negotiations on the post-2015 sustainable development agenda. Without addressing climate change, extreme poverty cannot be eradicated and sustainable development cannot be delivered.
In the energy access space, the development leaders at COP 21 will advocate for further investments to be unlocked to support the development of a low-carbon economy. However, as of today, such investments only target large government-led infrastructure projects.
While this is absolutely needed, in practice it only marginally helps the expansion of energy access in off-grid areas, where most of the world’s poor live (620 million people in sub-Saharan Africa only). Achieving universal access to electricity requires a combination of grid-based and off-grid solutions.
In fact, nearly 60% of the additional generation required to achieve universal electricity access needs to come from off-grid solutions – both stand-alone and mini-grids. This is the domain of small and medium-sized enterprises that use distributed energy technologies. And these are the businesses that GVEP supports.
Like the businesses that we work with, our voice in international debates and meetings, such as the Paris one, can seem rather small. Yet on the ground our impact is tangible: 11.7 million people are enjoying improved access to clean energy due to the growth of these businesses.
IS TO BE CONTINUED;