Clean Energy Top Priority, U.N. Chief Tells NREL

August 25, 2011

The U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon spoke during a visit to the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL), stating that “providing clean, renewable energy to 1.4 billion people who are living without electricity is the number one priority of the United Nations.”

The General Assembly has declared next year as the “International Year for Sustainable Energy,” in order to reach sustainable energy for all by 2030. Ban Ki-Moon’s Advisory Group on climate change and energy have recommended and adopted the following strategy: realize universal access to energy by 2030, double energy efficiency by 2030, and double renewable energy share in the global energy mix which is currently at 6% of overall energy.

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U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, left, and NREL Director Dan Arvizu talk on their way to a solar equipment demonstration. Credit: Dennis Schroeder