In December 2010, the United Nations General Assembly declared 2012 the International Year of Sustainable Energy for All, recognizing that “… access to modern affordable energy services in developing countries is essential for the achievement of … the Millennium Development Goals and sustainable development.”
The General Assembly’s Resolution 65/151 called on the Secretary-General, in consultation with the inter-agency group UN-Energy to organize and coordinate activities to be undertaken during the Year in order to “increase awareness of the importance of addressing energy issues, including modern energy services for all, access to affordable energy, energy efficiency and the sustainability of energy sources and use” at local, national, regional and international levels.
In response, the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, with support from UN-Energy and the United Nations Foundation, is leading a new global initiative – Sustainable Energy for All. This initiative will engage governments, the private sector, and civil society partners globally with the goal of achieving sustainable energy for all, and to reach three major objectives by 2030:
- ensuring universal access to modern energy services
- doubling the rate of improvement in energy efficiency
- doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix
Over the course of 2012, the designation of the International Year of Sustainable Energy for All will provide a vital platform for raising awareness of the challenge and for securing national commitments toward achieving the three objectives.
2012 the International Year of Sustainable Energy for All
How cool! (the polar bears clap)
doubling the rate of improvement in energy efficiency
(this means on products, right? or does it mean something else?)
Good news for us, we need lots of innovative news on the energy front. We cannot afford oil, the wars, the spillage on animals and the air it contaminates and rains down upon us. X your fingers.
not much light is required at night, just a reading lamp and enough light to see where you are going. this can be accomplished with solar landscaping lights which charge by day and come on at night(instead of the fire and the torch), and one LED reading lamp. these can also be accomplished by handcrank or shaking/kinetic flashlights. the rest is electric heating, heated swimming pools, electric air conditioning(cooling) and the like. the grid is too expensive to construct, maintain and operate. each homestead should produce its own power for its own needs.
Adam et al,
Currently my home has active solar hot water and passive solar heating & cooling with a high efficiency soapstone wood stove for backup heat. I find it out of my financial reach to get totally off the grid. Any ideas on how to get the municipally owned power company to participate in net metering? I am in New Mexico and located in a great area for generating clean solar power. Our power company 'accepts' excess power from solar homes. They also charge us excessively high fees for a meter capable of running backwards to record our 'donations'! There are also additional monthly fees for accepting our energy. There is no credit or payment for the energy our homes provide to the power company as there is in CA and much of the energy produced here is sold to CA. The Great Wall of China and the pollution from our coal fired power plants were the only signs of civilization visible from space by Apollo mission astronauts, yet they actively discourage solar!
Amazon.com has complete portable solar systems for about $250 that one can set up in the backyard. 2 or 3 of these systems will probably power an entire house.
Here is a link to the system. It has gone up $30 in price in the past couple months. The Sunforce 60 Watt Solar Charging kit with video instructions on the webpage. It is true what Adam Curtis says in one of his documentaries, that there is a product to meet everyone's needs and dreams. http://www.amazon.com/Sunforce-50048-60-Watt-Solar-Charging/dp/B000CIADLG/ref=wl_it_dp_o_npd?ie=UTF8&coliid=IQPTNYD8UJ8KI&colid=1PQLN2EE4C9R6
How would you pay for this? Rent a room out for a few months.
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