The United Nations Says Sustainable Energy Will Go Worldwide in 2012

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling for universal energy access by 2030.

Yesterday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched the United Nations’ International Year of Sustainable Energy for All, calling on businesses and governments around the world to speed the adoption of energy efficiency measures, rely more heavily on renewable energy sources, and help ensure universal energy access by 2030.

“One in five people on the planet lacks access to electricity,” Ban wrote in a New York Times op-ed. “Twice as many, almost 3 billion, use wood, coal, charcoal, or animal waste to cook meals and heat homes, exposing themselves and their families to harmful smoke and fumes. This energy poverty is devastating to human development.”

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