ACCIONA Microenergia invited as expert to the UN Conference on Climate Change 2017 (COP23)

Madrid (Spain).- The ACCIONA Microenergia Foundation was invited to accompany the Spanish Cooperation to give a speech in the event on Public Private Partnerships for Development, which was organized by the latter in the setting of the Conference of the Parties on Climate Change (COP23) that is being held these days at Bonn, Germany.

The event “Tracking actions by non-state actors”, about Public Private Partnerships for Development (PPPD) and the achievement of the Paris Agreement’s goals, counted with the speeches of Javier Sota, Head of the Sectorial Cooperation Department at the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), and Jose Gabriel Martin, Director at the ACCIONA Microenergia Foundation.

The latter presented the Luz en Casa Oaxaca Programme, a success story of a PPPD that was formed by ACCIONA Microenergia, the Government of Oaxaca, AECID and its Mexican counterpart AMEXCID. Luz en Casa Oaxaca was carried out as a multi-annual programme for which necessary technical, institutional and economic resources were gathered to perform an action of basic electrification ‒for the lowest-income population of the State of Oaxaca‒ what gives positive impacts on their lives and environment. He also exposed other ACCIONA Microenergia’s projects counting on the support of AECID by means of the Calls for Innovative Actions for Development, such as the one that started the entrepreneurship network for universal access to energy of the Centros Luz en Casa, or the extension of Luz en Casa Amazonia in the Napo basin.

This side event of the COP23 was driven by the Spanish Cooperation in the European Union Pavilion, which hosts a series of side events, aimed at stimulating the debate on key thematic areas, engaging observers and facilitating the dialogue with party delegates and other participants. The COP23 is held with the aim of launching nations towards the next level of ambition needed to tackle global warming and put on a safer and more prosperous development path. It also pretends to fuel momentum among every actor ‒public, private and civil society‒ in support of the temperature goal internationally-agreed at the Paris Climate Change Conference two years ago, and the wider objectives of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) are integrated and indivisible, and they comprise the three dimensions of the Development: economic, social and environmental. The rural electrification programmes of the ACCIONA Microenergia foundation impact on those three dimensions, and directly on the SDG 7, Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.

Those programmes also impact, among others, on the SDG17, Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development: their multi-stakeholder management models, such as those shared with AECID, combine compromises from the public, private and civil initiatives, nationally and internationally, that add the technical, managerial and economic resources which are necessary to develop initiatives that have the aim of favouring the development of very backward communities, by means of modern technologies that avoid the emission of pollutants to earth, water and atmosphere.

It is the ACCIONA’s corporate foundation and has as objective the development cooperation, through the promotion of the access to basic services and infrastructures of people and communities that have no expectations of covering those needs.