Last Mile First: Maximizing the Impacts of Energy Access on the SDGs

Wednesday, May 2nd: 16:00 - 17:30 - Rossio

HOST: Alliance of Civil Society Organisations for Clean Energy Access, CAFOD, International Institute for Environment & Development, Overseas Development Institute, SNV Netherlands Development Organisation

This interactive session explores the market activation and provision of energy services for productive and community uses to enable resilient and inclusive local development. Using evidence from government, CSO and energy businesses on their approaches to integrated planning and delivery of energy solutions working in different contexts, it aims to identify best practices and opportunities as well as challenges for scaling-up last mile delivery, including:

• Better understanding end-user needs in service planning and delivery to ensure impact;

• Delivering and building higher levels of energy demand beyond household lighting;

• Integrating energy services in cross-sectoral planning at local and national levels.

The Session will also aim to identify significant gaps in the enabling environment and other forms of support for last-mile energy delivery, and concrete ways to address them, in order to scale-up progress to reach SDG7 and maximize development impacts across other SDGs.

Davida Wood Senior Associate World Resources Institute (WRI)
Carmen Dienst Project Coordinator Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy
Vivien Foster Global Lead for Energy Economics, Markets & Institutions World Bank Group
Ben Garside Senior Researcher, Shaping Sustainable Markets IIED
Julien Jacquot Director, GERES Expertise GERES
Isaac Kiva Secretary for Renewable Energy Ministry of Energy, Kenya
Katrina Pielli Power Africa Senior Energy Advisor and Lead for Beyond the Grid USAID
Andrew Scott Senior Research Fellow Overseas Development Institute
Luc Severi Manager, Energy Access United Nations Foundation
Rianne Teule Senior Advocacy Officer, Renewable Energy SNV Netherlands Development Organization
Sarah Wykes Lead Analyst, Climate Change and Energy Catholic Agency for Overseas Development