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International Year of Sustainable Energy for All

February 13th, 2012 by Olivine Team

The U.N. designates International Years to draw attention to issues of global importance, and this year of 2012 has been declared the International Year of Sustainable Energy for All.  This is actually just one component of the greater Sustainable Energy for All Initiative intended to support the development of modern and sustainable energy resources for everyone.

There are three specific objectives to this initiative, to be achieved by 2030:

  • Achieving universal access to modern energy services;
  • Doubling the rate of improvement in energy efficiency; and,
  • Doubling the share of renewable energy in the global mix.

These are certainly laudable objectives!

One  important consideration for those of us working for a greener planet is that we cannot ignore realities of the developing world.   Improving our energy efficiencies is important, but we must also find ways to modernize the energy usage for the rest of the world where it is often more about highly-polluting energy sources.

One aspect of the Initiative is to get commitments to help achieve these goals. Governments, industry, and private citizens can all make commitments to help. While Olivine’s mission directly feeds into the latter two objectives of the Initiative, Olivine is also committed to the first objective: by helping the developing world to achieve access to clean energy.

To support this objective, we have made a contribution to the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves.  Their mission:

The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves is a new public-private partnership to save lives, empower women, improve livelihoods, and combat climate change by creating a thriving global market for clean and efficient household cooking solutions. The Alliance’s ‘100 by 20’ goal calls for 100 million homes to adopt clean and efficient stoves and fuels by 2020.

You can find out more about this specific problem and their mission on their website.

What kind of commitment can you make to the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative?

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