Alternative energy will be a major talking point in 2012, thanks to the UN’s decision to declare it as the International Year of Sustainable Energy for All. The decision was made back in December 2010 during a UN General Assembly. The initiative recognizes that access to “modern affordable energy services in developing countries is essential for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals and sustainable development.”
In 2012 the Secretary-General in consultation with the inter-agency group UN-Energy will be working 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.
The hope is 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.
The launch of the International Year of Sustainable Energy for All will take place at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi, UAE, between January 16th and 18th. This event will be followed by several other ones throughout the year, including the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro in June.
Have a happy, sustainable 2012 and may alternative energy get stronger in the coming year!
Article by Antonio Pasolini, a Brazilian writer and video art curator based in London, UK. He holds a BA in journalism and an MA in film and television.