SE4ALL Knowledge Hub
Together with ESMAP, the World Bank Group hosts SE4ALL's Knowlege Hub and leads three key knowledge projects.
High-impact actions under the aegis of SE4ALL and led by the World Bank Group also include:
Renewable Energy Resource Mapping: The Bank's ESMAP has launched a major initiative on renewable energy resource mapping, mobilizing $21 million for 12 project proposals from countries in sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa and the Middle East, and Asia. These will undertake mapping of one or more renewable energy resources, and support for geospatial planning, strategic environmental assessment, and policy development. Information will be - open data - in partnerships with experts such as the IRENA Global Atlas.
The Global Geothermal Development Plan and Fund will scale up geothermal power by mobilizing technical support and financing to validate geothermal resources through exploratory drilling. This ESMAP initiative Clean Technology Fund has approved funding for $115 million for it and work is under way in Djibouti and elsewhere in East Africa, Turkey, Armenia, Indonesia, Chile, Nicaragua, Dominica, Saint Lucia and Grenada.
City Energy Efficiency Transformation Initiative: This ESMAP initiative helps 50 cities identify, develop, and mobilize finance for transformational investment programs in energy efficiency, integrating urban energy efficiency in city planning.
The Global Gas Flaring Reduction Partnership (GGFR) has assisted Mexico's Ministry of Energy, Pemex, and the country's regulators in achieving a 66% reduction in gas flaring in just two years, mainly from its Cantarell field. In Iraq, GGFR helped the government develop an integrated energy strategy and a plan to structure the gas value chain from production to end-user, both of which will enable development of a market for gas that otherwise would have been flared. In Azerbaijan, the national oil company (SOCAR) reduced gas flaring and venting by almost 50% in two years. In Nigeria, GGFR partners are investing several billion dollars to cut gas flaring by 4 bcm over five years. In Gabon, GGFR assisted the government in reaching its objective of reducing flaring by 60 percent. In Kuwait, the Bank's technical advice to the national oil company helped it achieve a gas flaring level of less than one percent.
Lighting Africa, a joint World Bank-IFC program to increase access to modern off-grid lighting in Sub-Saharan Africa through mobilizing the private sector, has helped 13.5 million people in Africa gain access to clean lighting and better access to energy. The long term goal is to enable the private sector to reach 250 million people with modern lighting products by 2030. Lighting Africa is aligned with SE4All by increasing energy access at the lower level tiers (Tier 1 access with current products, and Tier 2+ access with increasingly larger products), while increasing the use of renewable (solar) energy.
This article was originally published on The World Bank and was republished with permission.