Sustainable Energy For All (SE4All) Initiative in Zimbabwe







Sustainable development is not possible without sustainable energy.One person in five on the planet still lacks access to electricity. Twice that number, three billion people, relies on wood,coal,charcoal or animal waste for cooking and heating. In today's economy, this is inequitable, a major  barrier  to eradicating poverty.In industrialized countries, the energy problem is one of waste and pollution, not shortage. Throughout the world, inefficient energy use harms economic productivity and energy-related emissions contribute significantly to the dangerous warming of our planet. Climate change puts us all at risk.

Out of the 12.5 million  people in Zimbabwe,  more than 70 percent of them live in rural areas without access to modern energy. Only  19 percent of the population  in the country  has access to electricity. The majority relies on conventional sources of energy to meet their energy service needs.

The  household  energy sector remains the  largest consumer    of   energy   characterized     by   high dependence on traditional biomass.

The key to both challenges is to provide sustainable energy for all - energy that is accessible, cleaner and more efficient.

Sustainable energy provides new opportunities  for growth during the economic downturn.  Sustainable energy enables businesses to grow,  generate jobs, create new markets and Millions  more children can study  after  dark.  Zimbabwe   can  grow   a  more resilient, competitive economy. With sustainable energy, the country can leapfrog over the limits of the energy systems of the past and build the clean energy economy of the future. Sustainable energy for all is an investment in our collective future.

The future with  Sustainable Energy for All

Energy access is not just about fulfilIing basic needs and  keeping  people  alive  -  it is about  escaping poverty  and participating   in the modern  world.  It can help people  earn a decent  living  so they can work their way out of poverty.

In  Zimbabwe,   efforts  to  promote   utilization    of sustainable  energy  have already  begun  and will accelerate    over    the   coming     two    decades. Sustainable energy for all is an idea whose time has come. Turning  ideas into action depends on us all. Working  together, we can power a brighter future.

The United  Nations Secretary General  has called for a global  goal  for achieving   universal  energy access to modern  energy services by 2030.  He is leading a global initiative  on Sustainable Energy for All  to mobilize  action from  all sectors of society: business,   governments,    investors,   community groups and academia. Three billion  people will  no longer live in energy poverty and 30 million  deaths from smoke-related diseases will  be avoided, if the goals are  achieved.  This  is  in  support  of  three interlinked objectives:

  • Universal access to modern energy services
  • Double   the  global   rate  of  improvement   in energy efficiency
  • Double  the share of renewable  energy in the global energy mix.

Commitments  that benefit all Zimbabwe,   through  its departments,  parastatals, the private sector and civil society, has made effort to   implement    the   Sustainable   Energy  for   All campaign. A gap Analysis has been crafted by the Ministry  of Energy and Power Development.   Civil Society  is  already   in  action. A  civil society statement on SE4ALL has been produced.  The following  are the expected actions by civil  society in Zimbabwe:

  • The government  can develop  national  energy plans and targets, provide  financial   support, and remove counterproductive   tariffs and subsidies.
  • Companies   can  make  their   operations  and supply chains more energy-efficient,  and form public-private   partnerships to expand  the use of sustainable energy products and services.
  • Investors can provide  seed money  for clean technologies and invest in both on- and off-grid energy sol utions.
  • Industry,   government,    and   academia   can contributeto   technology    innovation.    Civil society groups can train entrepreneurs, engage in advocacy, and demand accountability.


The media have also shown the will  to help raise awareness on  renewable  energy and sustainable energy for all.





CSO Statement