The willingness of Member States to make Sustainable Development Goal 7 (clean energy access for all by 2030) a reality, according to Mr. Liu Zhenmin, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs. We have no chance of attaining this aim without civic society and youth, he added.
According to him, the Dialogue represents the beginning of a new chapter, with all of the major ingredients in place for a global plan to achieve SDG7 and net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
Amina Mohammed, UN Deputy-Secretary-General, congratulated those who are “leading by example” by submitting Energy Compacts, which she described as crucial if global temperature rises are kept below 1.5 degrees.
She claims that the reaction to economic recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic has been insufficient, pushing millions into poverty. She said that the commitments made today are a retaliation.
The deputy UN chief stated, “Achieving net zero carbon emissions depends on actions taken this decade, which must be one of huge renewable energy expansion, with people and planet at the center of all our projects.”
Ms. Mohammed summarised the commitments made throughout the day, saying that national governments agreed to supply power to more than 166 million people worldwide, while private enterprises offered to reach slightly over 200 million.
Governments have agreed to install an additional 698 gigawatts of renewable energy from solar, wind, geothermal, hydro, and renewable-based hydrogen by 2030, while corporations, particularly power utilities, agreed to install an additional 823 GW.