The UN's 'Sustainable Energy for All' initiative is compatible with a warming limit of 2°C

Date Published 2013, February 01

Authors Joeri Rogelj, David L. McCollum, Keywan Riahi

Progress towards climate protection has been modest over the past decades despite the ever-increasing urgency for concerted action against global warming. Partly as a response to this, but more directly as a means to promote sustainable development and poverty eradication, the United Nations has initiated a process to promote three global energy objectives: energy access, renewable energy and energy efficiency. Here we discuss the consistency of the proposed energy-related objectives with the overarching climate goal of limiting global temperature increase to below 2°C.