Why It's Possible
Creating opportunities to address climate change and empower people.
The urgent need for equitable access to modern electricity and the opportunity it brings comes at the same time humanity must unite to address the climate crisis before the devastation of global warming becomes irreversible.
Energy transitions and climate impacts today are focused on wealthier countries, and while rich countries are responsible for the vast majority of global emissions, by 2050, 81 energy-poor countries, which collectively contribute only 8 percent of today’s emissions, will produce more than 75 percent if business continues as usual. Global climate efforts must be a pathway for progress for the 3.5 billion people around the world who lack access to reliable, affordable, sustainable energy.
Until very recently, this had not been the case: Efforts to protect the planet have excluded the energy needs and economic aspirations of people across the developing and emerging world.
Now, for the first time in history, the new frontiers of energy technology allow us to achieve an inclusive energy transition that also dramatically expands access to energy and opportunity for people that have long been excluded.
An accelerated energy transition is in reach – not only for high-income countries for whom carbon reduction is critical, but also for the developing and emerging world where it can expand inclusive economic opportunities through access to clean energy that powers job creation and livelihoods for people everywhere.
Together, Let’s change energy for good.