jeudi 10 juillet 2014

Energy Poverty: A Global Challenge 10 july 2014 - 10:00AM


"Energy Poverty and Energy Access: Global Challenges and Goals" is an event organized by the Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei  and the Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli within the Laboratorio Expo project. Tomorrow in Milan and throughout the day, the research community will enter into a dialogue with businesses and public sector organizations to understand and propose solutions for the question of "energy poverty."

According to data from the IEA (International Energy Agency), there are currently 1.26 billion people worldwide (about 20% of the total world population) with no access to electricity and 2.6 billion people (38% of the total world population) with no access to energy. They use traditional cooking methods using biomass-based energy, with serious health consequences as a result of indoor pollution. In 2012, the international community launched a campaign "Sustainable Energy for All," to ensure global access to modern energy services by 2030, improving the rate of renewable energy sources and promoting energy efficiency. Cooperation between research, private sector and the public sector is considered to be the key to achieving these goals.

The meeting tomorrow, at the Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei, aims to understand the impact of access to modern energy services on family welfare, the labor and business market, in addition to identifying the best ways for implementing effective policies and interventions with energy as a pre-requisite for the protection and promotion of human rights.

The workshop is divided into two main sessions. The first, centered on the concept of energy poverty, will include among its speakers, Hussain Samad from the World Bank, Stephen O'Connell of the City University of New York, and Jacopo Bonan of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore. The second, entitled "Policy Making and Best Practices" will present measures already in place that aim to identify the most important challenges and possible solutions emerging from the cooperation among NGOs, international agencies and companies. Among its participants are Stefano Bologna of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, and Andrea Poggio of Legambiente.

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