Norway launches renewable energy scheme for developing countries | WWF
Norway launches renewable energy scheme for developing countries

Posted on 10 October 2011

WWF has welcomed a new global initiative launched by the Norwegian government to bring renewable energy to developing countries.
OSLO, NORWAY: WWF has welcomed a new global initiative launched by the Norwegian government to bring renewable energy to developing countries.

Today the Norwegian government will launch Energy +, a scheme which will finance access to renewable energy, energy efficiency and low carbon development for the approximate three billion people in the world without access to reliable energy.

Energy + will be launched at a high-level conference co-organized by the International Energy Agency and attended by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon. The conference will include discussion of both renewables and fossil fuels as solutions to energy poverty.

Ending poverty is part of the solution to climate change


Rasmus Hansson, CEO of WWF-Norway, said “Ending energy poverty should be part of the solution to climate change, not part of the problem. WWF urges Norway, and other countries, to keep their focus on renewables, the energy of the future – not on the dirty fossil fuels of the past.”

Norway’s initiative comes just as the UN climate negotiations have bogged down on the issue of climate finance for developing countries. Without agreement on finance, the future of the negotiations is in danger.

Samantha Smith, leader for WWF’s global climate and energy work, said “The science is certain - we have no time to lose in switching to clean, safe and renewable energy. Norway’s leadership is critical when the UN climate negotiations so far have failed to deliver the money we need for this switch.”

International Year of Sustainable Energy for All


2012 will be the UN year of sustainable energy for all. “We urge the UN to focus on renewable energy, the only truly sustainable energy source. WWF’s Energy Report shows that we can meet all of the world’s energy needs with 100 per cent renewable energy. We think this is a great focus for 2012” said Ms Smith.


WWF’s work on Climate and Energy

  • WWF’s Energy Report presents a provocative scenario, set in 2050, of a world run entirely on renewable energy.



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