The Turin School of Local Regulation is contributing to the project Universal Access to Energy carried out by the Florence School of Regulation in partnership with WAME (World Acces to Modern Energy). The TSLR is taking part to the working group of experts in the field of energy regulation that is looking at the role of regulation in assuring access to energy.
Currently, nearly 1.3 billion people, almost 20% of the world population, have no access to electricity and around 2.6 billion people, 38% of the world population, are without clean cooking facilities.
In accordance to the International Energy Agency, we define lack of access to electricity and to clean cooking facilities as lack of access to “modern energy”. Over 95% of the people without access to modern energy are concentrated in sub-Saharan Africa or developing Asia and 84% of them live in rural areas. The world distribution of this energy poverty largely coincides with the world distribution of the overall extreme poverty.
The United Nations adopted the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, which includes a set of 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change by 2030.
To “Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all” (Goal 7) is a big challenge that the global community must rise to and win.
Within the framework of the newly adopted UN Sustainable Development Goals, the G20 Energy Access Action Plan and COP21 on Climate Change, the Florence School of Regulation and WAME have agreed to form a partnership to contribute to the process of ensuring affordable, reliable, and modern energy for all.
This partnership will specifically look at the role of regulation and contribute to capacity building to support increased global access to energy.