Access to Sustainable and Modern Energy

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Working Group discussing Goal 7 “Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all”.



Sustainable energy is the prime driver and key enabler of sustainable development. The sector holds high significance in terms of development challenges and environmental impacts such as climate change. However, long-term sustainable energy security for all remains a concern for developed and for developing countries even though the challenges may vary with regard to geography, economic capacities and requirements and other relevant parameters.

For India and other alike countries, the challenge lies in making energy sources available to all people by making grid accessible to all, expanding base of renewable through grid and off grid solutions to ensure eradication of energy poverty and enhance growth. It requires making smart moves by transitioning to modern forms of energy and at the same time reducing emissions and conventional pollutants associated with energy generation and use. This requires leapfrogging to decentralized renewable options and the possibility of adopting cleaner and advanced technological options while taking steps to decarbonize the fossil fuel based energy sources.

The Sustainable Development Goals and targets came into effect on 1 January 2016 and will guide the decisions we take over the next fifteen years. All of us will work to implement the Agenda within our own countries and at the regional and global levels, taking into account different national realities, capacities and levels of development and respecting national policies and priorities.

In the context specific to the conference the workshop covered Goal 7: To Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

7.1 By 2030, ensure universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services 
7.2 By 2030, increase substantially the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix 
7.3 By 2030, double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency 
7.a By 2030, enhance international cooperation to facilitate access to clean energy research and technology, including renewable energy, energy efficiency and advanced and cleaner fossil-fuel technology, and promote investment in energy infrastructure and clean energy technology 
7.b By 2030, expand infrastructure and upgrade technology for supplying modern and sustainable energy services for all in developing countries, in particular least developed countries, small island developing States, and land-locked developing countriesin accordance with their respective programmes of support

The goals are supremely ambitious and transformational vision. A world where we reaffirm our commitments for universal access to affordable, reliable and sustainable energy.

Education as strategic means of implementation to achieve sustainable development goals

  • Central Role of Education in energy access
  • Education as a means of engagement amongst actors
  • Lesson’s from the sector – as means of implementation,
  • Scaling up education to achieve SDGs,
  • Developing partnership for education

The above requires interplay among different drivers of change including technological, financial, policy, education and others. Recognising and reflecting on the integrated approach and the interconnectedness among the cross cutting themes across all goals and primarily with energy, it necessitates placing a higher emphasis on education and technological innovations as important means of implementation.

In the given context, the workshop looked at positing education as key means of implementation. It evaluated and assessed ways and means through which role of education can be explored and brought forward as a driver for the change. To achieve this it requires concerted efforts through various actors including policy makers, private sector, financial institutions, civil society and other stakeholders.

The workshop covered the goals and targets as adopted and explored how education can enable achievement of these goals. While it does so, it also considered taking learnings from works from the current and past, looked at knowledge generated and deliberated on key challenges and limitations while it took steps to create framework where empirical evidence on role of education can be explored.
It was designed to leverage from the experiences and strategies esp. looking at identifying key pitfalls and challenges involving education and capacity building in accelerating energy efficiency, expanding share of renewables and ensuring universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services. 

The process required collaboration and partnership among institutions and networks as a long term strategy. This also required mobilizing support to implement the objectives underlined.

Input to the workshop
CEE worked on preparing the initial document on Sustainable Development Goals. As an input to the workshop, CEE provided a background document highlighting national circumstances and policies for ensuring energy access with examples where education has played an important role in achieving the intended.

It invited participants and speakers to submit abstracts and papers which can then be converted to session and posters for presentation during the workshop and conference.

Workshop Coordinator
Praveen Prakash 
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Participant and Audience: The workshop aimed to bring together speakers and participants from national and international institutions, policy makers, government agencies, experts and practitioners.

Workshop Sessions

Date & Time

Session Title

Session Detail




Session I
14:30 - 16:00 Hrs.

(1.5 Hrs.)

Setting the Tone
Energy and education in the context of SDG

Dr. Prasad Menon, Chairman, TATA Singapore Airlines, Member, Governing Council, CEE
Dr. T. Harinarayana, Director, Gujarat Energy Research and Management Institute, Gujarat
SB Patil, Deputy Director, GEDA
Geoff Wain, Deputy High Commissioner, British Deputy High Commission
Praveen Prakash, Programme Coordinator, SBCC, CEE

Modern energy services are crucial to human well-being and to a country's economic development. 1.2 billion people are without access to electricity and more than 2.7 billion people rely on the traditional use of biomass for cooking. 240 million in India, still are remain without access to electricity and 840 million still relying on the traditional use of solid biomass for cooking.
Education has a key role to play while making energy choices across all levels and stepping up action to efficiency. Energy literacy further drives action and enhances capacity for skilled workforce development with research and innovation.

The session is aimed at bringing these to fore and link it in the context of SDGs.

Session II
17:00 - 18:00 Hrs.

(1 Hr.)

Enhancing environmental efficiency and performance in Coal sector

Dr. Ashok Khosla, Chairman, CEE, Governing Council
Sujeet Dongre, CEE Goa

Global coal demand grows by 15% to 2040, but almost two-thirds of the increase occurs over the next ten years. Coal will continue to be the mainstay of energy requirements and efforts to move towards efficient coal production and use requires largescale education, training and capacity building in mining and use  in industrial and household sector
The session will cover how education as technical training – education and training to technology switchover / industrial energy use efficiency and awareness  can bring in use efficiency and fuel choices




Session III
11:15- 13:15 Hrs.

(2 Hrs.)

RE Technological Development and Disseminationr

Pranav Mehta, Chair, Head, National Solar Energy Foundation of India (NSEFI)
Dr. Christophe Dumas, Director, Global Energy Parliament Research Centre
Sandeep Dixit, Head, Adani Power
Training & Research Institute (APTRI)
Omkar Jani, Principal Research Scientist – Solar Energy Wing, GERMI
Ashok Das, CEO SunMoksha
Chintan Soni, Ecolibrium
Deepak Panchal, Adani
Sudhakar Kumarasamy, Asst. Professor, Energy Department, MANIT, Bhopal

Need for renewable energy education and training at all levels is globally recognized. The session will cover

  • Renewable Energy Education and research– in technology institutes
  • Renewable Energy Education for Technicians – for skill development and capacity building
  • Public understanding of renewable energy for adoption and transformation
  • Education leading to research and innovation

Session IV
14:30  - 16:00 Hrs.

(1.5 Hrs.)

Biomass based energy Solutions – bioenergy and efficient cookstoves

Rajnish Jain, Avani Bio Energy
Niraj Joshi, Aga Khan Rural Support
A K Singh, Director, Energy Research Application, New Delhi




Development and dissemination of appropriate energy solutions require an adequate number of well trained and competent personnel.
Education has a key role in developing the understanding on the context and the appropriate choices along with technical training and skill for deployment of technologies.

The session will focus on cases from demonstration projects, micro grid.




Working Session V
09:45- 10:45 Hrs.
(1 Hr.)

Energy Use Efficiency in manufacturing and service sector 

ACR Das, Ministry of Steel
Manisha Sanghani, UNDP
Dr. R. Gopichandran, Director,
Vigyan Prasar


How education can lead to energy use reduction in sector – exploring through cases from SMEs and Large Enterprises

Working Session VI
11:15- 13:15 Hrs.

(2 Hrs.)

Means of Implementation and Recommendation

Kirit Parikh, IRADe
Jayesh Jain, Training and Relationship Manager, ArcFinance
Ayushi Jain, Regional Manager - India and Central Asia, The Gold Standard Foundation
Namita Kharidia, Vikas Pedia, Government of India

Dr. R. Gopichandran, Director, Vigyan Prasar
Prof. Nagaraja Prakasam, Angel Investor, Partner – Acumen Fund, IIM, Bangalore

Energy Efficiency and clean energy Financing -
How education can enable energy efficiency and generate financing to be explored

Total 9 Hours over 3 days