Access to sustainable electrification

Bridging the financial and entrepreneurial gap

Boosting the Clean Development Mechanism


The World council for sustainable electrification held its first meeting during the UNCSD of Rio+20. Within the framework of the Paris-Nairobi initiative, this side event gave the floor to experts of rural electrification based on renewable energies in developing countries.


It also was the opportunity to introduce the Clean energy access mechanism, presented in a report ordered by the French Ministry of Ecology.


The Clean energy access mechanism aims to develop international public-private partnerships to spark socially responsible investments for vulnerable countries’ access to electrification, focusing on rural, isolated regions. The projected mechanism proposes mobilizing “new and additional” funding to fulfill the objective of universal access to electricity, complementary to traditional financing mechanisms such as development aid, international finance institutions and carbon finance.


The goal is to foster the creation of not-for-profit foundations, affiliated to regulated electric utilities from the industrialized countries, in order to finance electrification investments relying on renewable technologies. The so called Foundations for Clean Electrification will be financed by a universal contribution levied on regulated tariffs, financed by consumers. The scheme is similar to existing contributions, already familiar to electric utilities for rural/urban tariff perequation; subsidization of renewable energies (e.g. feed-in tariffs). Also, the utilities, through their affiliate foundations, will have the opportunity to send technical teams on temporary assignments in developing countries for an efficient transfer of technology and electrification methodology.


Twenty years after the Earth Summit in Rio where the UNFCCC was enacted, the CDM PLUS project would transform the international solidarity objectives into concrete realizations, bringing clean kilowatt hours to poor populations presently deprived of access.


The side event gave the floor to presentation of successful experiences and best practices, evaluation of needs and amounts to be invested, the proposed financial mechanism using innovative and additional resources, concessional schemes for rural electrification, etc.




S.A.R. le Prince Laurent de Belgique

Renewable technologies hybridization.


Christian Stoffaës, Chargé de mission, Rapport Mécanisme d’Accès à l’Électrification Durable

A 1% levy on the electricity tariff to reach universal electrification by 2030: presentation of the Clean Energy Access Mechanism.


Gilles Vermot-Desroches, Directeur développement durable Schneider Electric

Schneider Electric’s experiences in favor of the bottom of the pyramid in Manaus, Brazil.


Denis Cohen, Président de Droit à l’énergie

The need for specific know-how and technology transfer for rural electrification in developing countries.


Bernard Saincy, Directeur de la responsabilité sociétale GDF SUEZ

The rural electrification experience of a major utility GDF SUEZ, through the Foundation Rassembleurs d’énergies. Developping small-scale local projects: what to expect in return.


Dominique Campana, Directrice de l'Action Internationale – ADEME

ADEME experience to promote renewable energies and energy efficiency for improving access to energy in developing countries.


Nathalie Goupy-Robert, Vice-Présidente de CleanTuesday, chargée des relations institutionnelles

du Conseil mondial de l’électrification durable

Introducing the Conseil mondial de l’électrification durable: how to manage rural electrification on a global scale.



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