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Opinion: The future of energy is in renewables — with or without the Paris Agreement

As the international development community gathered in Brussels last week for the European Commission’s annual European Development Days, a shadow hung over international attempts to tackle one of the world’s most pressing, if not the most pressing, development challenge: the global fight against climate change and toxic greenhouse gas emissions.

Sustainable Development Goal 7 — the international development community’s commitment to providing universal access to modern, reliable, affordable and sustainable energy sources by 2030 — provides an opportunity to deliver huge socioeconomic benefits for developing communities and promote long-term sustainable development. The impending withdrawal of the United States from the historic Paris climate agreement must not be an excuse for the collective will of the international community to falter.

 

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