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Currently, nearly 1.2 billion people, 17% of the world’s population, have no access to electricity and around 2.7 billion people, 38% of people on earth, are without clean cooking facilities.

In accordance with the International Energy Agency, we define lack of access to electricity and to clean cooking facilities as a lack of access to “modern energy”. Over 95% of the people without access to modern energy are concentrated in sub-Saharan Africa or developing countries in Asia and 84% of them live in rural areas. The distribution of this energy poverty largely coincides with the world’s distribution of the overall extreme poverty.

In 2015, the United Nations adopted the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, which includes a set of 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change by 2030.

To “Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all” (Goal 7) is a significant challenge that the global community must rise to and win.

Within the framework of the newly adopted UN Sustainable Development Goals, the G20 Energy Access Action Plan and COP21 on Climate Change, the Florence School of Regulation intends to contribute to the process of ensuring affordable, reliable, and modern energy for all through the FSR A2E initiative.

The FSR A2E initiative is focusing on the role of regulation and will contribute by:

1. Supporting capacity building by making training accessible to the relevant stakeholders. 

2. Facilitate the development and adoption of appropriate regulation.


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Small increase in energy investment could cut premature deaths from air pollution in half by 2040, says new IEA report

Universal Access to Energy 29 June, 2016

IEA strategy based on existing energy technologies and policies can cut 50% of pollutant emissions, the fourth-largest threat to human health, by 2040.“Clean air is a basic human right that most of the world’s population lacks,” said IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol. “No country – rich or poor – can claim that the task of […] read more

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A set of indicators proposed for SDG7: the contribution of “Sustainable Energy for All Global Tracking Framework 2015”

Universal Access to Energy 10 June, 2016

A set of indicators proposed for SDG7: the contribution of “Sustainable Energy for All Global Tracking Framework 2015”The UN Statistical Commission has held its meeting to agree on a global indicator framework for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The indicators proposed for SDG7 on energy are technically solid and have been proved measurable. read more

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New publications from Africa EU Energy Partnership

Universal Access to Energy 23 May, 2016

Two new reports have been published by the Africa EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) which help shed light on the current state of electrification in Africa: AEEP Status Report, Mapping of Initiatives.     read more

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Following the initiative of:

turkey G20           COP21               sustainable development goals


Supported by:

turin school of local regulation                    Fondazione Cariplo