Google and the international organization Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) announced today plans to launch the 24/7 Carbon-free Energy (CFE) Compact, looking to create a global coalition of companies, governments, and stakeholders interested in the decarbonization of their energy consumption.
SEforALL works in partnership with the United Nations, as well as with government and private sector leaders, to drive action towards the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 7, “affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all” by 2030. To accelerate progress on SDG7, the organization introduced Energy Compacts, detailing voluntary commitments by companies, governments, NGOs and others including specific actions to be taken to reach the 2030 energy goals.
Damilola Ogunbiyi, CEO and Special Representative to the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All, said:
“This partnership with Google sends a powerful signal that none of us alone can achieve the scale necessary to tackle the double crisis of climate and energy poverty. The only hope we have to heal our planet and to provide opportunities for billions is together through partnerships like this that can pave the way for others to follow.”
The new initiative follows a goal launched last year by Google to run its entire business on carbon-free energy by 2030. The 24/7 Carbon-free Energy Compact will call on companies, governments and other stakeholders commited to the principles of 24/7 CFE to work together to enact the policies critical to fully decarbonize the world’s electricity systems.
Kate Brandt, Chief Sustainability Officer of Google, said:
“We are eager to work with Sustainable Energy for All and the world’s governments and corporations to fully decarbonize grids and support a carbon-free economy. With this global Compact, we have a unique opportunity to transform energy policies, technologies, and procurement practices- but only if we work together.”