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“It (energy) is the golden thread that connects economic growth, increased social equity and preserving the environment. We are here to build a new energy future, a future that harnesses the power of technology and innovation in the service of people and the planet,”—UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon. This year the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) took place in Brazil on 20-22 June, marking the 20th anniversary of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, which also took place in Rio. It was also the 10th anniversary of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa. At the Rio+20 Conference, the UN Secretary-General highlighted a global initiative launched in September 2011 that focused on achieving Sustainable Energy for All. The Sustainable Energy for All initiative calls for private sector and national participation to meet three objectives by 2030:
Energy access: Ensuring universal access to modern energy services.
Energy efficiency: Doubling the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency.
Renewables: Doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.
Working with the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), Accenture is shaping the role of the private sector in achieving Sustainable Energy for All objectives. Download the Accenture and the United Nations Global Compact research report, Sustainable Energy for All: The Business OpportunityLearn more about Accenture Sustainability Services
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