UNDP launches new “EnergyPlus” Guidelines to support Sustainable Energy for All

May 19, 2015

New York – The UN Development Programme (UNDP) yesterday launched its newest flagship publication, ‘The EnergyPlus Guidelines’, at the opening of the 2nd UN Sustainable Energy for All Forum (SE4ALL).

Based on years of experience supporting developing country partners to find innovative solutions to energy access and efficiency, the Guidelines provide a set of clear recommendations and practical steps for partners to adopt when designing and implementing energy access projects or programmes.

With the overarching goal of empowering the poor through modern energy services that simultaneously generate employment and support livelihoods, as well as promote microenterprises, the Guidelines help countries and communities to better plan and implement comprehensive energy programmes while at the same time supporting entrepreneurial activities and social initiatives.

With at least 1.1 billion people continuing to lack access to electricity globally, and a further 3.0 billion people using harmful fuels (i.e. wood and dung) and inefficient cook stoves, sustainable energy is seen as a core component of sustainable development.

Sustainable energy is central to UNDP’s work and the organization has championed the need for sustainable energy investments to meet the upcoming Post-2015 development goals, as well as in tackling climate change. With over 160 projects, a portfolio exceeding $430 million in grant funding, and an additional $.3.5 billion in co-financing in at least 85 countries, UNDP is one of the leading agencies supporting sustainable energy at the country level.

“Sustainable energy for all is an ambitious goal for sure, but it is a crucial one,” says Jo Scheuer, UNDP’s Director of Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction in the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support. “These Guidelines will help countries to design and implement projects that not only increase energy levels but do it in a way that improves people’s lives and livelihoods.”  

The Sustainable Energy for All Forum runs from 18-21 May.

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