Sustainable energy was the theme at a summit in Brussels. The Commission has announced a 50 million Euro initiative to support developing countries.
The scheme will provide EU expertise in the field helping towards the UN target of providing sustainable energy to 500 million people by 2030.
“We need to turn on the light and power for every household and, at the same time, turn down the global thermostat,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told delegates.
Means of empowering women in the third world with access to modern and sustainable sources of energy was also discussed. In many countries it is the women who are responsible for cooking and heating their homes.
“We hope this will help those countries who have resources realise that we need to ensure that countries like Mozambique, which has a policy for renewable energy and strategies and plans already being implemented, will be able to do so in a more intensive way and so reach a greater number of people,” said Alcinda António de Abreu, Minister of Energy for Mozambique.
Innovative financial solutions and possible public-private partnerships to boost funding for schemes in the third world were also on the agenda.
Our correspondent, Isabel Marques da Silva in Brussels says, “The proposals of this summit will be presented at Rio+20 UN Conference, in Brazil, in June, where sustainable development for the planet will be discussed for the next decades.”