On Monday morning, Rachel Kyte, Sustainable Energy for All (SEforAll) CEO and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All, opened the third SEforAll Forum, inviting participants to the “market place” to share ideas, forge partnerships, drive investments and urge action.
In the morning, participants attended a session on Marshalling the Evidence, focusing on the latest data on productivity for high-impact countries, including the opportunities, barriers, geographies and sectors to “go further, faster.” This was followed by a Knowledge into Action session, during which energy leaders discussed how they are using ambitious policies and incentives to harness the potential of energy efficiency. In a session on the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, high-level panellists discussed the importance of engaging cities in sustainable energy, including on transportation, power supply and energy efficiency in building.
During the lunchtime Dive-Deep sessions, utility leaders discussed significant advances in energy productivity, policy makers talked about transforming their energy and transport systems while creating jobs and economic growth, and industry leaders explored how increasing energy productivity is good for the “bottom line.”
In the afternoon, participants attended Partner Working Sessions on: the potential role of energy in decarbonizing the transport system; the role of results-based financing in realizing sustainable energy for all; a deep dive on the findings of the Global Tracking Framework 2017; the best practices and high impact opportunities in the industrial energy efficiency of India and China; corporate early adopters and disruptors of energy productivity; addressing the data challenge in Africa; tackling heating and cooling in cities; accelerating the efficiency of electricity access; increasing private sector competitiveness through energy management systems; overcoming the barriers to clean energy mini-grid deployment; increasing energy efficiency markets in Latin America and the Caribbean; financing urban building efficiency; and how super-efficient appliances can change the face of energy access.
The day concluded with a first session of Disruptive Voices on reframing energy efficiency to unleash this energy opportunity, and a presentation on ways of shifting public behavior to accelerate the energy transition during the evening networking reception.
IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB+ Meeting Coverage, provided daily web coverage and a summary report from the 3rd SEforAll Forum. In addition, IISD Reporting Services has produced a summary report of the Forum in HTML and PDF.
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