OpenAccess Energy

Across the world, 1.3 billion people live without access to electricity. A further billion have unreliable access. For the last 15 years, the world has been proceeding without a development goal related to energy, and although one will finally be in place at the end of 2015, its importance has been underplayed. UN Sustainable Development Goal 7 – ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all by 2030 – is just one of 17, many of which would likely be solved by meeting goal 7.

What’s more, we are not on track to meet this goal. Although governments, NGOs, communities and researchers all over the world are trying to solve the problem of access to energy, the scale of the problem is far bigger than the scale of current solutions.

In April 2016, WGSI will host OpenAccess Energy, a Summit addressing the global energy access challenge that is motivated by these issues. WGSI’s summits bring together an multidisciplinary, multinational, and multigenerational group of stakeholders for a four-day intensive event where they develop an actionable framework for addressing a complex global issue.

Learn more about the global access energy challenge and read the OpenAccess Energy Brief here.


Energy 2030 Summit Curator Wilson Da Silva with Jason Blackstock, Jatin Nathwani, and Lauren Riga at the 2012 AAAS Annual Meeting presenting the Energy 2030 Blueprint; a technological roadmap for a low-carbon, electrified future.

Recap the Energy 2030 Summit.

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