15 September 2014
Island of San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice, Italy

Lecture: How Does Achieving a Universal Modern Energy Access Goal Affect the Attainment of Other SDGs?

On 15 September 2014, Energy Program scholar Dr. Shonali Pachauri gives a lecture in Venice, Italy, organized by the International Center for Climate Governance (ICCG).

ICCG holds lectures and seminars aimed at fostering debate on the latest topics of research on climate change issues and its multidisciplinary aspects, by bringing together renowned experts and the local public. ICCG has invited Shonali Pachauri to give a lecture on how access to modern energy services is fundamental to development. It is generally agreed that nations need to supply their citizens with a basic level of access to modern energy to improve their quality of life.

The Sustainable Energy for all (SE4ALL) goals of the United Nations also stipulates universal access to modern energy by 2030 as one of its targets. However, there is little agreement on how to define “modern energy access”, or analysis of what it will take to achieve it. Moreover, there is limited analysis and understanding of how achieving a universal modern energy access goal may impact the achievement of other sustainable development goals (SDGs) related to improved health, air quality, improved energy security and efficiency, among others.

This presentation will focus on some of these definitional issues, and on exploring synergies and tradeoffs between a universal access goal and other sustainable development objectives and goals. Further information on Dr. Pachauri's lecture can be obtained from the organizers at ICCG.


About ICCG

The International Center for Climate Governance (ICCG) was founded in 2009 as a joint initiative of Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM) and Fondazione Giorgio Cini.  ICCG is now an internationally renowned centre whose research activities focus on the design of climate policy and governance.

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