Published On: Wed, Oct 7th, 2015

Delegates request more investment in renewable energy

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wind farmJOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – THE South African International Renewable Energy Conference (SAIREC) has ended in Cape Town where delegates expressed hope increased deployment of such energy would improve global access and security.

Some 3 600 delegates from 82 countries adopted a declaration in that regard.

The delegates, including cabinet ministers, government delegations, representatives from the private sector, non-governmental organisations, academia, business, industry and international organisations, who participated in the SAIREC 2015 declared to upscale and mainstream renewables in order to achieve a global energy transition.

“As of today 2,9 billion people lack access to clean forms of cooking which needs to be addressed in order to achieve the universal access target. We note that to make universal access a reality by 2030, 1,3
billion people, out of which 621 million live in the sub-Saharan region, should be provided access to electricity,” the delegates said in the declaration.

The noted the scale of the challenge required that all approaches, including grid and off-grid solutions are taken into account and adopted based on an efficiency principle.

“Rural and urban demands can best be met with a diverse technology mix that takes full advantage of sub-Saharan Africa’s exceptional and sustainable solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, and hydropower resources,” the declaration read.

The delegates declared that in order to make the global transition to renewable energy happen rapidly, some elements were crucial including the promotion of transparent and effective procurement processes, advancing renewable energy globally, promoting skills transfer and development, securing financial resources, conducting research and development as well as prioritising regulatory frameworks and localising supply chains and local investment.

They emphasised integrated planning, regionalising trade and energy resource development, conducting programmes for infrastructural development in Africa, embarking on clean energy corridor initiatives and focusing on the African Renewable Energy Initiative (AREI) as well as regional and international cooperation.

SAIREC was the first international conference dedicated to renewable energy following on the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development September 2015 by the UN-General Assembly, which includes for the first time a dedicated goal on sustainable energy for all as 1 of the 17 global sustainable development goals.

– CAJ News

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