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SETIS Magazine, 
October 2017
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SETIS Magazine

The first MI Ministerial meeting held in San Francisco in 2016 was about giving figures regarding member countries’ commitment of doubling public spending in clean energy R&D over 5 years: from approximatively 12,75 billion Euros1 a year to approximatively 25.3 billion Euros2, by 2021, with a technological focus specific to each member.

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Technology is critical in accelerating energy access and supporting government policies are essential to enable these technologies to succeed. At Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL), we work with a number of partners, governments and businesses who use a variety of technologies that will deliver affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy to help us achieve Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7).

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) works to accelerate sustainable deployment and use of all forms of renewable energy globally. Since its establishment in 2011, IRENA’s membership has grown include 180 members, including the states in accession phase and the European Union

Urban energy consumption generates about three-quarters of global carbon emissions. Cities play a crucial role in terms of energy and climate policy, offering potentially comprehensive opportunities for contributing to shifting energy consumption towards more sustainable pathways and creating local opportunities for investment and growth.

After the 2015 Paris Agreement, sustainability has become the foremost consideration and a driver of any future energy policy. Its importance has also significantly increased in the Energy Community. When the Energy Community was created back in 2005, the main purpose and approach – the export of European energy acquis to non-EU countries – was still built on an “old-school” understanding of energy policy, based essentially on market liberalization and security of supply.

Covering the entire energy mix except nuclear, EUROGIA stands as a unique tool in the European Research Area (ERA) which mostly embraces programmes for specific energy technologies.

In the vast continent of Africa with abundant indigenous energy sources and rapidly growing population, access to sustainable and affordable energy remains a challenge. Nearly 70% of the population in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) does not have access to electricity – approximately 621 million people.