The tool for countries to leapfrog the limits of the energy systems of the past and build the clean energy economies of the future.
In the wake of load shedding and increasing energy costs in South Africa, the Department of Energy has emphasised how the use of renewable and clean energy sources contributes immensely towards reducing poverty, mitigating climate change and the improvement of people’s health.
Furthermore, on a global scale, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is leading an initiative on Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) to mobilise action from all sectors of society in support of three interlinked objectives to be achieved by 2030.
These are to provide universal access to modern energy services; to double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency; and to double the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix. According to SE4ALL, sustainable energy is the solution to provide new opportunities for growth during an economic downturn by enabling businesses to grow, thereby generating jobs, and creating new markets.
Children can study after dark, and countries can grow more resilient and competitive economies. With sustainable energy, countries can leapfrog over the limits of the energy systems of the past and build the clean energy economies of the…