One in five people in the world still lacks access to modern electricity.
This figure reaches seven out of ten people in Sub-Saharian Africa, while the European Commission estimates that more than 10% of the EU inhabitants are affected by energy poverty, especially in Central, Eastern and Southern Europe.
Yet, to “Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all” is the #7 of the Sustainable Developments Goals.
Ironically, the energy sector is also the most contributing to greenhouse gases emissions.
It is worth noting that the world of energy is full of these paradoxes. Many of the areas that lack electricity are precisely the same regions that receive the most sunlight, making them obvious locations for solar energy systems. Similarly, Norway itself, aiming to be a champion against climate change, is still one on the largest oil and gas producers in the world.
Bringing together French and Norwegian participants from academia, industry and government institutions, this seminar aims at covering some of these very challenging questions:
Is it possible to greatly improve energy access without jeopardizing the climate?
Can we combine development with sustainability at a scale that truly matters?
How can Africa avoid being left behind as “The Dark Continent”?
This conference is part of a French-Nordic cycle of conferences : Globalisation and inequality.
The other conferences will take place in Stockholm, Copenhagen and Helsinki.