IPCC Chair Highlights Role of Sustainable Energy in Improving Human Welfare

23 April 2012: The Rio+Solutions website has published a guest article, titled “Sustainable energy for all: A worthy goal,” authored by Rajendra Pachauri, Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), in which he highlights the potential of “sustainable energy for all” to improve human welfare and create large-scale economic benefits.

In the article, Pachauri noted the relevance of sustainable energy to every sector of the global economy and every section of human society, underlining its role in mitigating climate change and ensuring universal energy access. He stressed the need for policies to remove the implementation barriers. Pachauri referenced the IPCC's “Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation,” which concluded that the costs of renewable energy have reduced significantly, and in some cases are already competing with convention forms of energy. He concluded that further cost reductions will therefore promote even greater access to modern energy forms for the energy poor around the world. [Publication: Sustainable Energy for All: A Worthy Goal]