Commissioner Piebalgs stressed the European Commission's commitment to achieving sustainable energy for all by 2030. He also noted that the Commission recognizes the importance of the three objectives that the initiative wants to achieve by 2030:
- universal access to modern energy services,
- doubling the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency,
- doubling the share of renewable energy in the global mix of fuel sources.
As Mr Piebalgs pointed out, energy access plays the fundamental role as a driver for development, in delivering health, education, inclusive and environmentally friendly economic growth, food security, and job creation. Therefore, it is on the list of European development policy priorities, as spelled out in the "Agenda for Change".
The EU has already been involved in a number energy initiatives. They include the 2008 EU-Africa Energy Partnership, whose aim was to increase energy access and energy security in Africa. The Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme is one of the projects launched as part of the Partnership by the EC and the African Union. In operation since 2010, the Programme's principal objective is to promote renewable energy technologies that are adjusted to the local needs and to encourage greater use of renewable energy in Africa by 2020.
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