UNEP Issue Paper Series
In order to support this initiative and contribute to the objectives outlined by the UN Secretary General, UNEP's Bioenergy Programme has developed an Issue Paper:
Modern Bioenergy: One of the Game Changers for Achieving Universal Access to Modern Energy Services.
Energy empowers people. It enables development and growth. Yet, 20% of the global population still does not have access to electricity; and 40% currently rely on traditional biomass in the form of wood, charcoal or dung for cooking and heating. On a household level, the transition from traditional biomass for energy to modern bioenergy, amongst other renewable energy options, can dramatically improve economic and social development. The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has launched a new initiative called Sustainable Energy for All, urging all sectors of society to work together to ensure universal access to modern energy, alongside two other objectives: doubling the rate of improvement in energy efficiency and doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix. This paper will examine modern bioenergy as one instrument to achieve these complementary goals.