Accelerating Energy Efficiency: Policy Briefs for the 2018 High Level Political Forum

The High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development meets annually in July, under the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), where countries present their Voluntary National Reviews (VRNs) of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The HLPF also carries out thematic reviews of progress on the SDGs including cross-cutting issues. To facilitate an in-depth review of progress, the HLPF annually discusses a particular set of SDGs and their interlinkages. In 2018, the in-depth review will be carried out over SDGs 6, 7, 11, 12 and 15, as well as 17, which is reviewed annually.

As a Major Group Consultative Member for the ECOSOC Civil Society Network, my cooperative efforts are particularly focused on the private-public dialogue over policy briefs contained within the new publication “Accelerating SDG 7 achievement: Policy briefs in support of the first SDG 7 review at the UN High-Level Political Forum 2018”. The document was launched by the SDG7 Technical Advisory Group, in partnership with UN DESA (United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs) and includes 27 policy briefs relating to accelerating SDG 7 achievement.

Policy Brief #6 Energy Technology Innovation: Digitalization of Grid Services. Increasing the speed of digitalized technology development could lead to a first-mover advantage for pioneering countries or companies.

  • The need for resilient infrastructure, increasing stress on resources, and decentralized supply) and enabled by the interaction of various disciplines such as data and information networks. As the rate of interlinkages increases and improvements in data and information networks accelerate, we can expect rapid advances in the innovations that exploit the interactions of these technologies.
  • Technology such as sensors, robotics and advanced analytics, which together form advanced interconnected systems capable of quickly analyzing large amounts of data, are developing potentially transformative solutions, across various sectors, for improving energy efficiency and managing more variable renewable energy. This development is driven by continuous improvements, and the cost-performance curve of core digital technology building blocks: computing power, data storage, and bandwidth utilization.

Policy Brief #14 Interlinkages Between Energy and Sustainable Cities: Smart Grid and Smart Buildings. Cities are adopting more energy efficient policies and practices in the transport, buildings, industry, and commercial sectors.

  • The number of energy efficient building codes adopted by countries, and by-law at city levels, has increased in the last five years.
  • Smart grids are enabling major energy efficiency and resilience gains. Using ICTs, the grid is able to manage energy demand and use most efficient energy source on the system.

The formal session to review SDG7 will take place on 10 July from 11:00 to 13:00, during the HLPF 2018 and Side Events sponsored by Member States, UN system and other intergovernmental organizations, Major Groups and other accredited stakeholders will be held in the margins of the event. More information on the HLPF 2018 can be found here.

Climate fund for renewable energy in Brazil

The Climate Fund was created through the Brazilian Law 12.114 of 09/12/2012 and regulated by the Decree 7.343 of 26/10/2010 as an instrumento for the National Policy for Climate Change. The fund is tied to the Ministry of Environment and is meant to garantee resources for projects or studies and financing initiatives that foresees mitigation of climate change.

It has been announced on February 13th, 2012 by the Minister of Environment, Izabella Teixeira, and by Luciano Coutinho, the president of the National Economic and Social development Bank (BNDES) that the amount of R$ 360 million has been made available for the 2012 budget.

The lowest rate is 2,5% per year for solar energy projects, with a pay back period able to reach up to 25 years.According to Mrs. Teixeira, solar and ocean energy are the projects most likely to get support from the fund, being that wind and biomass industries in Brazil have already advanced significantly.

Brazil – Japan Energy Saving Solutions

On its second visit to Curitiba, the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) had a reception at the Federation of Industries of the State of Paraná for the Japan – Brazil Energy Saving Solutions Seminar. Along with the organization, many Japanese companies presented their portfolio of products and investment interests in Brazil, some of them considering the city of Curitiba as a possible destination for their business expansion in the country. The event was held on July 13th, and was supported by the International Business Center and the local Japan – Brazil Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The Japanese products that were presented included large storage capacity batteries for solar photovoltaic systems (Panasonic Latin America), valves, compressors and cooling systems (Mayekawa), ESCO financial solutions for energy efficiency (Mitsubishi UFJ Lease and Finance), and a compact solar – wind hybrid generator (Sinfonia Technology).

We had the chance of meeting with Mr Nobuo Takagi, from the Japanese Business Alliance for Smart Energy Worldwide, and followed up on the solar project we have for the northeastern region of Brazil. We had presented this project last November, 2011, on the first JETRO mission to Curitiba. On this second occasion, we extended the conversation to speaking about current market conditions for the renewable sector in Brazil, and how the new normative resolution for distributed generation should boost the sector within the next years.