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Name of initiative Global Energy Efficiency Accelerator Platform (SEforAll)
LPAA initiative Yes
NAZCA Initiative Yes
Website address
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Starting year 2012
End year
Secretariat Gabriela Prata Dias, Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency, Phone +45 45 33 53 26, e-mail:
Organisational structure Advisory Board, co-chaired by the UN Secretary-General and the World Bank Group President, includes global leaders from governments, business and civil society. An Executive Committee provides operational oversight and is headed by Chad Holliday, Chairman of the Board, Bank of America. Kandeh Yumkella, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Sustainable Energy for All, is chief executive of the initiative and is supported by a Global Facilitation Team. It is supported by partner organizations from governments, national and international organizations, businesses and civil society organizations. Nearly 30 furtehr partners including multilateral banks.
Geographical coverage Global, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and The Caribbean, Africa, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, North America
Name of lead organisation SE4ALL and its Energy Efficiency Hub, Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency
Type of lead organisation International organisation
Location/Nationality of lead organisation Denmark


Description The Sustainable Energy for All Initiative is an action-focused global network. It is supported by partner organizations from governments, national and international organizations, businesses and civil society organizations. These include, but are not limited to, the lead organizations in charge of advancing the High-Impact Opportunities, Governments and supporting institutions guiding Country-Driven Actions, as well as UN agencies, Regional Development Banks, and other Multilateral Organizations.
Objectives Sustainable Energy for All as a global initiative that would mobilize action from all sectors of society in support of three interlinked objectives:

1) provide universal access to modern energy services; 2) Double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency 3) Double the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix

Activities SE4All contains the following 6 sub-initiatives:

SE4All: Appliances and Equipment Accelerator SE4All: Building Efficiency Accelerator SE4All: District Energy Accelerator SE4All: Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator SE4All: Lighting Efficiency Accelerator SE4All: Transport and Motor Vehicle Fuel Efficiency Accelerator

One or two success stories achieved Through their activities, each of the Accelerators presents an operational template for the brokering of effective, inclusive public-private partnerships that can harness the collective strength of the international energy efficiency community. The Platform’s top priority is that existing activities and knowledge about what works be disseminated, replicated and funded so that results can be amplified in priority countries and sectors, at speed and scale. There are many such examples of good practice, including:

Buildings - Mexico City: The Building Efficiency Accelerator has worked with over 100 stakeholder organizations, businesses and agencies in Mexico City to develop recommendations and an action plan to improve energy efficiency in buildings in the city. The two major implementation priorities are building energy codes and building energy retrofits. Mayor Mancera described this initiative and announced the 2016 actions at Buildings Day at COP 21 in Paris. Revised regulations for building construction in Mexico City were proposed by the government in late 2015. For the first time these regulations integrate the national building efficiency norms. In 2016 this proposal will go through legal review before final adoption. Trainings are also being organized for the officials in the cities delegations who are tasked with building approvals to ensure they have the expertise and capacity to implement the energy components of the new regulations. WRI/CTS EMBARQ and the Accelerator partners are core actors in moving these actions forward. CTS EMBARQ is working with the SEDEMA in Mexico City’s government to prioritize city government buildings for energy improvements, assess appropriate actions, then fund and implement retrofits. In 2016 3-5 buildings will be included in this process. The partners aim to have construction underway in one or more building by the end of the year. Simultaneously, the partners will be implementing a challenge campaign to encourage the federal government and private building owners to commit to improved energy management practices and retrofits in one or more of their buildings.

Vehicles - Kenya: The number of light duty vehicles (LDVs) in Kenya is increasing by 12% each year. It is expected that the number of light duty vehicles will reach at least 5 million vehicles by 2030 up from the 2 million vehicles registration in 2012. A vehicles inventory study for Kenya, supported by the Global Fuel Economy Initiative, showed that the fuel economy of vehicles imported into Kenya is getting worse: from an average of 7.4 L/100km (with a corresponding CO2 emission of 178 g/km) in 2010 to 7.7 L/100km (equivalent to a CO2 emission of 185 g/km) in 2012. This is equivalent to 717,000 tonnes of CO2 in 2012. 99% of registered vehicles were imported as second-hand or used vehicles. This calls for urgent policies to shift imports towards cleaner, more fuel efficient vehicles. The Vehicle Fuel Efficiency Accelerator has been working with Kenya’s Energy Regulatory Commission to develop policies to improve vehicle fuel economy. With the Energy Regulatory Commission, it supported an inventory study of imported vehicles carried out by the University of Nairobi to assess the trend in average fuel economy and CO2 emissions. This study built on an earlier one that was carried out by Climate XL for the period 2005 and 2008. The ERC formed a national multi-stakeholder team to implement the project. The findings of the study were presented to stakeholders in June 2014 and revised based on stakeholder reviews. A media launch was then carried out in April 2015 that saw the government committing to promoting imports of more fuel efficient vehicles. Subsequently, the government announced changes to the excise duty in the 2015 budget to encourage importation of newer vehicles with potential for lower emissions. The expected benefits of the project are threefold: lower oil import bills for the government and oil consumption for consumers; improved urban air quality; and reduced greenhouse gases. The Accelerator is currently supporting Kenya to develop further strategies to encourage the importation of more fuel efficient vehicles including fiscal guidelines such as CO2-based taxation, consumer awareness schemes like mandatory vehicle labeling, and new vehicle purchase schemes. Draft proposals have been presented to the government in early 2016. It is also providing advice and support about developing similar fuel economy policies to other governments in the East African region, including the need for harmonizing vehicle policies. As a result Uganda has recently concluded their vehicle inventory study, and the Accelerator is expanding its support for countries across Africa.

Monitoring and Impacts

Function of initiative Technical dialogue, Funding, Implementation
Activity of initiative Knowledge dissemination and exchange, Fundraising, Technical operational implementation (ex-post)
Fundraising — Funds raised
Value (MUS$)120
Goals Double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency by 2030

Double the rate of energy efficiency improvement in all the sub-sectors of the Platform - i.e. appliances, buildings, industry, lighting, vehicles fuel efficiency. SEforALL now aims at prioritizing its work in 20 countries (based on a energy efficiency heat map), identified as high-impact opportunity countries. Many individual Accelerator goals are interim in nature: each Accelerator has stated its own objectives towards meeting the overall goal of doubling the rate of improvement in energy efficiency by 2030 in each sector. In addition: - Appliances: currently funded activities envisage CO2 equivalent emissions reductions of 10m tonnes p.a. and if total savings potential identified in 150 country assessments is achieved, it would result in avoidance of 1.25 billion tonnes of CO2 equivalent per annum by 2030 (this includes savings from lighting as a product class). - District energy: develop, retrofit or scale up district energy systems; 16 cities join the Accelerator with pilot cities in at least 5 countries committed to commission a demonstration project by 2018 to reduce heat/cool energy demand by 30% by 2020, equating to savings of 2.3 Mt CO2 equivalent. - Industry: spread the implementation of Energy Management Systems with a target for half of industrial energy to be covered by EnMS. - Lighting: accelerate a global market transformation to environmentally sustainable, energy efficient lighting technologies, as well as to develop strategies to phase-out inefficient incandescent lamps to reduce CO2 emissions and the release of mercury from fossil fuel combustion (see comment on 'Appliances' above) - Vehicle Fuel Efficiency: Doubling global vehicle fuel efficiency from 8 Lge/100km to 4Lge/100km by 2050, resulting in fuel savings of 3 billion barrels of oil a year by 2050 (cumulative savings of 54 billion barrels of oil in total by 2050); CO2 equiv. emissions reductions of >0.5 bn tonnes/year by 2025 and >1.5 bn tonnes/yr by 2050 (cumulative savings of 33 bn tonnes by 2050); Fuel bill savings of $400 bn/year in 2050, for a cumulative $8 trillion net saving by 2050; annual oil import bills  by >USD 300bn in 2025 and >USD 600bn in 2050 (based on oil price USD 100/bbl).

Comments on indicators and goals Combined resources of approximately $120m of direct and in-kind funding.
How will goals be achieved
Have you changed or strenghtened your goals
Progress towards the goals Work is underway to better quantify the overall emissions impact of current and project work of all Accelerators and the Platform as a consolidated activity. Selected work already completed reveals the following:

'Appliances:' A global transition to efficient appliances would save more than 1,500 TWh/y in electricity by 2030 and 1GtCO2/y. The use of high-efficiency air conditioners, refrigerators and fans alone in these countries will reduce electricity consumption by 165 TWh per year, avoiding emission of 54 million tonnes of GHGs annually.

'Buildings:' Low-energy building design and energy efficiency renovation can deliver 25-50% reductions in energy demand from new and existing buildings. Reduce Energy demand from new and existing buildings from over 50%. Build market awareness and action on 1) local government leadership by example, particularly in the developing world, 2) local benchmarking and sustainable building certification and labeling approaches, 3) innovative financing to support efficiency investments, and 4) distributed energy systems at the building and community scale.

'Lighting:' Potential CO2 emission reduction by 580 million tonnes/yr. Targeting the phase-out of inefficient incandescent lamps by the end of 2016.

'Vehicle fuel efficiency:' potentially: 1Gt CO2 by 2025 to 2Gt CO2 by 2050

How are you tracking progress of your initiative
Available reporting


Participants Number Names
Members 23  
Companies 10 ABB (Sweden),Arçelik A.Ş. (Turkey),Danfoss (Denmark),EDP (Portugal),Enel (Italy),EURELECTRIC (Belgium),GOGLA (Netherlands),Iberdrola (Spain),IGU (Spain),Johnson Controls (USA).
Business organisations 0
Research and educational organisations 0
Non-governmental organisations 13 Alliance for Rural Electrification (Belgium),  Clean Cooking Alliance (USA),  Clinton Foundation (USA),  Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy - ISEP (USA),  Power for All (India),  REN21 (France),  SNV (Netherlands),  Terrawatt Initiative (France),  UN Foundation (USA),  Clean Cooking Alliance(USA),  Clinton Foundation (USA),  GLPGP - Global LPG Patnership (USA),  Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy - ISEP (USA),  International Solar Alliance (India).
National states 0
Governmental actors 0
Regional / state / county actors 0
City / municipal actors 0
Intergovernmental organisations 0
Financial Institutions 0
Faith based organisations 0
Other members 0 Over 15 direct and over 50 indirect partners from the private sector,  governments,  research institutions,  and various civil society organizations: a list of the main partners can be found at
Supporting partners 0
Number of members in the years
Have only national states as participators No


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Not only have national states as participators