Rockefeller Foundation announced the launch of ‘The Global Commission to End Energy Poverty’ (GCEEP), to address the lack of access to electricity for almost a billion people across the world, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa.
The GCEEP aims to catalyse sustainable power solutions, and investments and partnerships that will launch globally over the next decade. The Commission is set to operate under the joint chairmanship of The Rockefeller Foundation President Dr. Rajiv J. Shah, former U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest J. Moniz, and the Africa Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina.
The Rockefeller Foundation states, ‘About 840 million people live without energy access today, and according to The World Bank 650 million people will still lack access to energy in 2030, falling far short of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Ninety percent of these 650 million live in sub-Saharan Africa.’
The foundation has given a grant to support a research team, led by the GCEEP secretary and The MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) Deputy Director, Robert Stoner, and visiting professor, Ignacio Perez-Arriaga that are aiming to gather creative and cost effective solutions.
According to Stoner, ‘Ending [energy poverty] requires finding generalizable solutions that make all parts of the electricity systems of low access countries reliable and affordable for everyone.;
The co-chairs are scheduled to participate in a panel event during the UN General Assembly on September 25, in New York, at the Rockefeller Foundation’s offices.
For more on the commission see: rockefellerfoundation.org