An Energy Efficiency Hub has been launched at the UN City in Copenhagen to support the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative.
The EE Hub, which has been established by the Danish government, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), is expected to play a crucial role in enabling SE4ALL to achieve its efficiency objective.
SE4ALL was launched by the United Nations Secretary-General in 2011, with the triple goals by 2030 of ensuring universal access to modern energy services, doubling the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency, and doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.
The specific functions of the EE Hub and modalities for cooperation are still under establishment, but the stated ambition is to become an international knowledge center for collaboration and exchange of know-how on energy efficiency.
The EE Hub will have a special focus on supporting developing countries in achieving their ambitions in the area of energy efficiency. Lessons and experiences will be drawn from both developed countries and successful programs in developing countries, which together will provide important examples and best practice approaches with potential to be transferred and adapted to other developing countries.
It is envisaged that the EE Hub will play a key global role as a champion for advancing the energy efficiency goal of SE4ALL. It will support developing countries and other stakeholders in implementing and achieving their energy efficiency objectives through partnership, networking, and access to information. The Hub will engage with experts and institutions worldwide and aims to become a one-stop shop for information, expertise and collaboration opportunities for energy efficiency stakeholders. In select cases, the Hub will provide direct technical assistance to countries.
Institutionally the EE Hub is a new program of the Danish UNEP Risø Centre, and it will be supported by an international advisory panel. Core staff is already in place and the first activities have started while the full work program is under development.