UN calls for doubling renewable energy by 2030
UN chief Ban Ki-moon made a call to double global consumption of
renewable energy over the next two decades in order to ensure
sustainable economic development.
“It’s possible if we show political leadership,” Ban said about the
goal that falls under a sustainable energy initiative aiming to have
universal access to power by 2030. Currently, renewable energy accounts
for about 16 percent of world consumption.
“We have to be very austere in using energy... We have to completely
change our behavior, at home, at the office,” the UN secretary-general
added at an event hosted by the Center for Global Development think-tank
About 1.3 billion people on Earth -- a fifth of the global population
-- lacks access to electricity, while 2.7 billion do not have clean fuel
to cook their food and heat their homes, relying instead on open fires
or furnaces that burn coal, wood or animal waste.
“Energy is central to jobs, transport, water, sanitation... climate,”
Ban said after meeting with finance ministers from the G20 most powerful