2 June 2012 - Energy

"If we are to limit damage to the environment for future generations, the energy we use must be sustainable, safe, affordable and as clean as possible"

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Philippe Fonta, EEB World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)


Buildings represent about 40% of the primary energy used and associated CO2 emissions globally.  They are therefore a critical component in shaping and driving the world’s energy consumption profile, and its related environmental impact. Launched in 2006, the Energy Efficiency in Buildings (EEB) project focused, during its first phase of work, on delivering an understanding of the international building sector’s use of energy, and its barriers to better efficiency. Based on a unique simulation model that analyses the energy use of thousands of building types and millions of existing and new buildings, both commercial and residential, the project produced recommendations and a roadmap for a transformation of the building sector, while being economical and socially acceptable.  However, until now, financial, behavioral, and knowledge barriers have stood in the way.


Susan Alzner, UN-NGLS

The United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service, in cooperation with the Executive Office of the Secretary General and the United Nations Foundation, has been facilitating civil society engagement with the Secretary General’s Sustainable Energy for All Initiative since March 2012. The process so far has involved three meetings and three conference calls between members of the Secretary General's High-level Group on Sustainable Energy for All and a total of ninety civil society organisations.



Andris Piebalgs, EU Commissioner for Development and Kandeh Yumkella, Director-General of the UN Industrial Development Organisation and Chair of UN-Energy.


In Europe, when children need to study after dark, they switch on the lights.  When we are sick, we go to a doctor’s office or hospital, where electricity powers the equipment.  When we go to our offices and shops in the morning, we turn on the lights, computers, coffee makers and printers.


Hernán Mendoza, Imbera


The emerging energy crisis will be at the forefront of the Rio+20 summit, where stakeholders will come together to share ideas on sustainable growth and development.

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Sha Zukang who is head of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs and Secretary General of UNCSD will be leaving his post after Rio+20.  Yesterday, the UN Secretary General announced the new Under Secretary General for UN DESA will be Wu Hongbo, a senior Chinese diplomat.


Also announced was the position of Assistant Secretary General in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the Secretary General has selected Ms. Shamshad Akhtar of Pakistan who, until recently, was the Vice President, Middle East and North Africa at the World Bank.