1.2 billion people

in the world are still lacking

access to electricity


Promoting sustainable electricity for all


The World council for sustainable electrification aims at promoting access to renewable energies towards populations in developing countries.


Access to electrification based on renewable energy sources is at the crossroads of both major objectives, which have mobilized the United Nations for two decades:


  • the Millennium Development Goals for the eradication of extreme poverty: these goals were defined in 2000 by UN Secretary General.
  • Climate change mitigation, through the development of new renewable energies: the objectives are determined within the Climate change convention (UNFCCC) enacted at tge Earth Summit in Rio in 1992 and the successive resolutions adopted in the Conferences of Parties.


The Copenhagen Climate Change conference and the proposed Green Climate Fund did open the path, that Cancun and Durban conferences have confirmed. Today, universal access to modern and sustainable energy is fully identified as the major condition for human, social and economic development of the poorest regions of vulnerable countries. UN Secretary General has declared 2012 to be the Year of Sustainable Energy for All.



These priorities were reaffirmed during the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development of Rio+20 by the UN Secretary General M. Ban Ki-moon.


Sustainable electrification is part of the global public goods and socially responsible investments. However, most of the projects dedicated to rural electrification do not pass through the commercial profitability threshold of private companies and financial markets.


Investment is lagging behind the level needed to ensure fulfilment of universal access. The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), one of the Kyoto mechanisms, has demonstrated its limits to respond to the needs of less advanced countries.


Small-scale projects need fast-track, accelerated, simplified procedures and also much larger incentives than those generated by the CERs carbon credits generated. Bridging the financial and entrepreneurial gaps requires additional and innovative resources and the mobilization of national and international investors.


The World council for sustainable electrification is a platform of research and experimentations, best practices sharing, demo projects. The WCSE affirms its ambition to mobilize and gather the relevant stakeholders involved in the universal access, mobilizing the partnership of private companies, regulating authorities, electricity consumers, local authorities, unions, NGOs…

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