"The Business Opportunities related to Sustainable Energy for All" Conference

30 May 2013

Opening Remarks for Mr. Kamal Malhotra
UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Turkey

Distinguished Guests,
Mr. Ekrem DEMIRTAŞ, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, IEU
Prof. Dr. Tunçdan BALTACIOGˆLU, Rector, IEU
Prof. Dr. Can Simga MUGAN, Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences Department, IEU
Dr. Yilmaz ARGUDEN, Chairman of the Board of the Global Compact Turkiye
Mustafa Cahit KIRAÇ, Governor of the City of Izmir,
Prof. Dr. Kamil Okyay SINDIR, Mayor of the Bornova Municipality,
Mr. Brice LALONDE, Assistant Secretary-General and Secretary General of the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development, Special Adviser on Sustainable Development to the UN Global Compact
Representatives of The Izmir Chamber Of Commerce, ISKEN other representatives of business and civil society
Esteemed journalists and beloved students,

It’s with great pleasure to open this important gathering today on the topic of the Business Opportunities related to Sustainable Energy for All conveyed by the Global Compact Turkiye and the Izmir Economics University.

Launched by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Sustainable Energy for All brings together governments, businesses and civil society groups in an unprecedented effort to transform the world's energy systems by 2030.

The Secretary-General has set three complimentary objectives for the initiative, all to be achieved by 2030:

1. ensure universal access to modern energy services;
2. double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency; and
3. double the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.

Sustainable Energy for All is about driving actions and mobilizing commitments to positively transform the world's energy systems.

The Secretary-General's High-Level Group on Sustainable Energy for All has created a Global Action Agenda to guide efforts undertaken in support of achieving the initiative's three objectives.

It contains 11 Action Areas and provides a framework for identifying the high impact opportunities that will catalyze change and prompt innovation.
Using this framework, countries and stakeholders can create their own pathways towards Sustainable Energy for All.

The Action Areas are grouped into two categories – sectoral and enabling.

The seven sectoral Action Areas address both power generation and the principle sectors of energy consumption. They include: Modern Cooking Appliances & Fuels; Distributed Electricity Solutions; Grid Infrastructure & Supply Efficiency; Large Scale Renewable Power; Industrial & Agricultural Processes; Transportation; and Buildings & Appliances.

The four enabling Action Areas characterize cross-cutting mechanisms designed to support effective sectoral action and address existing obstacles. They include: Energy Planning & Policies; Business Model & Technology Innovation; Finance & Risk Management; Capacity Building & Knowledge Sharing.

Using this framework, countries and stakeholders can create their own pathways towards Sustainable Energy for All.
UNDP is one of the key stakeholders in this UN System wide initiative. We are the main development arm of the United Nations, on the ground in 167 countries.

Related Activities

Here in Turkey, we have numerous on-going projects and initiatives which support the three objectives of the Secretary-General’s Goal on Sustainable Energy for All, to give you a few examples:

1. Improving Energy Efficiency in Industry project implemented jointly by UNDP and UNIDO supported by GEF in partnership with the MoENR-Directorate General of Renewable Energy (executive partner), Small and Medium Industry Development Organization (KOSGEB) and Technology Development Foundation of Turkey (TTGV) as well as TSE aims to improve the energy efficiency in Turkish industry by supporting a wide range of measures to assist industrial enterprises to undertake effective energy management in their plants and operations. (The other partners Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology and Ministry of Environment and Urbanization)
2. Promoting Energy Efficiency in Buildings in Turkey project which is financially supported by Global Environment Facility (GEF) and executive partnership with the MoENR-Directorate General of Renewable Energy, Ministry of Environment and Urbanization, the Housing Development Administration (TOKİ), the Ministry of National Education and other partners.

3. Market Transformation of Energy Efficient Appliances in Turkey project in executive partnership of MoENR-Directorate General of Renewable Energy by UNDP aims to reduce the household electricity consumption and the associated greenhouse gas emissions of Turkey by accelerating the market transformation of less energy consuming building appliances.

Here we are working with a broad range of stakeholders such as the Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology, Turkish White Goods Manufacturers (TURKBESD) and Arçelik A.Ş in which the Ministry of Finance, banks and other financial institutions, NGOs like consumer organizations, professional chambers are key stakeholders for the project.

We are also trying to build capacity within the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources (MENR) regarding energy projections modeling, that will not only support national requirements on energy projections but also international requirements under UNFCCC. 

Trainings on energy projection modeling for the MENR personnel, Training of trainers delivered by MENR trained personnel, and the production of knowledge products, guidelines and other vital tools and resources are some of the highlights of efforts in this regards.

4. Implementation of the Montreal Protocol (MP) on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer in Turkey, the MP is an international treaty designed to protect the ozone layer by phasing out the production of numerous substances which deplete ozone layer. There are currently 5 projects is being implemented by UNIDO to support National Ozone Unit of the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization.

UNDP and Access to Electricity

An issue of great importance to UNDP is access to electricity.

The private sector has a critical role in ensuring universal access to electricity utilizing clean energy sources by 2030, and cooperation between public and private institutions and investors will be necessary to ensure a global transition to clean energy technologies in the expansion of energy services.
Projections show that providing electricity to those who lack it would increase global carbon dioxide emissions by only around one percent if conventional fossil fuels are used. The application of renewable energy where possible can help to reduce this to a negligible amount.

More than 1.4 billion people do not have access to electricity, and an additional one billion experience frequent interruptions in access. This lack of energy, and electricity in particular, is a major obstacle in alleviating poverty and achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

Energy can increase industrial and agricultural production, create jobs, improve education and health care, and open new opportunities in all sectors of development. However, energy consumption, including electricity production, also contributes over 60 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions.

In summary, to realize a future with Sustainable Energy for All, national Governments must design and implement integrated country actions that strategically transform their energy systems.

To spur investment, action is needed to create national policy and financial environments that enable changes which the market alone will not deliver.
This applies to both developing and developed countries, although the challenges to be overcome in each case may be substantially different.

Distinguished guests, finally it is a great pleasure to welcome Mr. Brice Lalonde to Turkey and to this beautiful city, rich in history, biodiversity, gastronomy and warm Aegean hospitality.