Sustainable Energy for All – SE4ALL – is a global multi-stakeholder partnership between governments, the private sector, and civil society. The initiative was launched by the United Nations Secretary-General in 2011, and has three ambitious interlinked objectives to be achieved by 2030:
• Ensure universal access to modern energy services
• Double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency
• Double the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix
The Danish government has supported the SE4ALL initiative since its inception and in 2012 offered to establish an Energy Efficiency Hub (EE Hub) at the UN City in Copenhagen in support of the SE4ALL initiative.
The EE Hub is envisaged to play a crucial role in achieving the efficiency objective set out by the initiative. The Danish government is partnering with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to establish and manage the EE Hub, supported by an international advisory panel. The EE Hub was informally launched on September 1, 2013 and is institutionally a new programme of the Danish UNEP Risø Centre. Core staff is already in place and the first activities have started while the full work programme is under development.
While the specific functions of the EE Hub and modalities for cooperation are under establishment, the stated ambition is to become an international knowledge centre for collaboration and exchange of know-how on EE. The EE Hub will have a special focus on supporting developing countries in achieving their ambitions in the area of EE. Important lessons and experiences will be drawn from both developed countries and successful programmes in developing countries, which together will provide important examples and best practice approaches with potential to be transferred and adapted to other developing countries.
It is envisaged that the EE Hub will play a key global role as a champion for advancing the energy efficiency goal of SE4ALL. It will support developing countries and other stakeholders in implementing and achieving their EE objectives through partnership, networking, and access to information. The Hub will engage with experts and institutions worldwide and aims to become a one-stop shop for information, expertise and collaboration opportunities for EE stakeholders.
The EE Hub will facilitate enhanced international collaboration on EE and help countries acquire the knowledge and capacity to promote inclusion of EE in their national energy plans. In select cases, the EE Hub will provide direct technical assistance to countries.
The EE Hub has been created jointly by the Danish government, UNEP and the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), building on the successful partnership established around the UNEP Risø Centre (URC). The EE Hub will benefit directly from the expertise available at the Centre on EE technologies, policies and applications, and build on the strong track record in EE and innovative finance. The Centre has over two decades of experience with assessments, advocacy and capacity building at the national level in developing countries.
The EE Hub will reach out and partner with relevant institutions in Denmark and internationally. Special attention will be devoted to engage institutions, which can collaborate on transferring successful EE models – technologically or financially – to developing countries. The Hub will therefore engage in dialogue with the International Energy Agency, International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation, REN21, Clean Energy Solutions Center and similar organizations in developed and developing countries, focusing on knowledge-sharing and cooperation.
Close cooperation is also envisaged with the SE4ALL Global Facilitation Team and the other regional and thematic Hubs.
For more information please contact the EE Hub Manager, Jyoti Painuly, .