Last week, GWNET held its fourth knowledge-transfer webinar for participants of the 2/2019 Mentoring Programme, on the topic of Governance in the Energy Sector. We were excited to welcome key speaker Irene Giner-Reichl, an Austrian career diplomat with established expertise in sustainable development, women’s rights, development policy and energy. Irene is also the President of the Global Forum on Sustainable Energy, Vice-President of REN21 and President of GWNET.

Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) has three overarching goals to be reached by 2030, mainly:

  • Providing access to modern energy services to 1.4 billion people who currently lack these services,
  • Doubling the rate of improvement in energy efficiency, and
  • Doubling the share of renewables in global energy end-use (which would bring it to around 30%).

These goals are to be achieved by a coalition of actors, including governments, international institutions, private sector entities, and civil society, as well as driven and coordinated by self-selecting leaders and a small secretariat. 

During this webinar, Irene explored how stakeholder commitment is needed to not only achieve SDG 7 but SDG 5 as well. She stressed the fact that a unified approach is required to achieve SDG 7 and to integrate gender equality and women’s empowerment (SDG 5) into all energy actions. 

Some key insights were delivered on advancing SDG 7 implementation and accelerating transformation, including the importance of:

  • Strengthening cooperation at the regional level.
  • Promoting transformational investments and transforming human behaviour away from energy-intensive lifestyles.
  • Strengthening decision making through better energy data.
  • Setting ambitious targets globally, across regions, countries and sectors. 
  • Supporting local job creation and a just transition.

If you are interested in knowing more about GWNET’s mentoring programmes, this comprehensive article outlines our work in this area. 


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