Opening keynote by Laura Tuck, Vice President, Sustainable Development, World Bank. A conversion with Laura Tuck, Martin Shearman, Ambassador for Development and Human Rights, United Kingdon, Thomas Gass, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs UN DESA and and Steve Howard, Co-Chair of We Mean Business, campaigner, business leader, and former Chief Sustainability Officer.
In September 2015, the world’s leaders came together to agree upon 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). One of those goals, SDG 7, calls for us to secure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all by 2030. To meet the Goal 7 – and the other Sustainable Development Goals – in the context of the ambition of the Paris Agreement, we need an energy transition to drive the economic transition. This energy transition must be a ‘just’ transition. We must leave no one behind.
That energy transition will need to bring forth a rapid increase in energy productivity, a new generation of institutions to manage our energy systems, an integrated approach to energy
that embraces centralized and decentralized sources, and ever increasing share of renewables in the mix. But we are simply not making progress fast enough. The World Energy Outlook estimates that current policies put us on track to meet SDG 7 by 2040.