Secretary-General's remarks to media at launch of final report of Advisory Group on Energy and Climate Change
New York, 28 April 2010SG: Thank you very much. Good morning ladies and gentlemen of the media. It is a great pleasure to see you.
I am pleased to be with you to share the recommendations and report of my Advisory Group on Energy and Climate Change which was just launched this morning.
The Group is represented here today by the Group's chairman, Mr. Kandeh Yumkella, Director-General of UNIDO.
Mr. Yumkella also chairs UN Energy, our system-wide mechanism.
He is joined by Mr. Helge Lund, Chief Executive Officer of Statoil and Mr. Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme.
I convened this Group last year for one simple reason: we need to urgently transform the global energy system.
The decisions we make today on energy will have a profound impact on the global climate, on sustainable development, on economic growth, and global security.
We need a clean energy revolution -- in developing countries, where demand is rising rapidly, and in the developed world, in order to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
I wish to highlight two points, and then turn the podium to Mr. Yumkella and our colleagues.
First, we cannot achieve the Millennium Development Goals without providing access to affordable modern energy.
Some 1.6 billion people lack access to electricity. Without electricity you cannot do anything in this world.
Two to three billion people still rely on traditional energy sources such as firewood, peat or dung.
This affects their health and keeps people trapped in poverty.
The authors of this report call for universal access to basic modern energy services by 2030.
They also point out that this can be done without significantly increasing greenhouse gas emissions.
This is my second point. Access to energy needs to be expanded in the cleanest, most efficient way possible.
Toward that end, the Advisory Group has called for a 40 per cent reduction in global energy intensity by 2030.
We need to scale-up renewable energy and other green technologies.
These are ambitious goals, but I think they are achievable.
And they are necessary.
I now invite Mr. Yumkella to share the group's findings and recommendations.
Thank you very much.