“Energy is a key enabler of industrial development, and sustainable energy is a cross-cutting solution for social, economic and environmental sustainability,” said Pradeep Monga, Director of the Energy Department at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).
Monga was speaking at a lecture held on the sidelines of a training programme called Sustainable Energy Solutions 2016, which was organized by UNIDO in collaboration with the Energy Academy Europe (EAE) in Groningen, the Netherlands.
The lecture focused on exploring integrated energy solutions for a sustainable energy future in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and actions to address the threat of climate change.
Addressing around 60 students from the University of Groningen and Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Monga said: “Well-designed integrated energy solutions can simultaneously address the multiple sustainability challenges of our time. Therefore the modus operated should be ‘business unusual’, where focus is given to leveraging the mutually reinforcing nexus between energy, climate change, poverty reduction, social inclusion, and economic development.”
“UNIDO works to maximize the co-benefits of integrated energy solutions in achieving sustainable development through innovation, integration and partnerships,” he added.