• Renewable Energy

    Not a pipe dream – simply the best choice

    Renewable energy creates access to clean energy without destroying the environment, particularly for marginalized people living in remote areas. When created sustainably, it helps to alleviate poverty, improves living conditions and propels economic development.

    Our context

    Extracting and consuming fossil fuels such as oil, gas and coal makes a considerable contribution to climate change and pollution around the world. Although rich countries are responsible for historic emissions and much of the consequent climate change, emerging economies such as India and China now rival their emissions. And while many people are already investing in producing their own renewable energy, for example through solar energy or biogas, this positive example for change has not yet attracted sufficient investments by governments and large companies.

    Worldwide, more than a billion people do not have access to affordable, reliable and clean energy. There must be much more investment in decentralized renewable energy if we are to ensure that all people have access to sufficient and sustainable energy sources.

    Worldwide, more than a billion people do not have access to affordable, reliable and clean energy.

    Our aim

    We know that green and inclusive energy is key to tackling climate change and to shifting towards more inclusive, green economies. So Hivos strives for a world where everybody’s energy needs are met through green and socially inclusive energy systems, whether at home, at work, or in the wider community.

    We aim to have both national governments and international institutions adopt the necessary policies and programs to make energy systems green and more inclusive.

    But we also put great emphasis on jobs and income generation. Hivos wants to see thousands of starting entrepreneurs, especially women, apply business models that provide green and socially inclusive energy services to rural and marginalized urban communities. This combination should ensure that millions of men and women in rural and poor communities embrace smart, affordable and clean technologies – and actually use them – in the next few years.

    Our approach

    One of the phases of our three-step approach is to invest in developing the technical and business skills of early-stage energy entrepreneurs to help them become “green entrepreneurs.” Through multi-stakeholder initiatives we bring civil society organizations, governments, financial institutions and entrepreneurs (especially women) together to spur economic development and job creation with renewable energy services. At the same time, we engage with all these actors to improve policies and to come up with new forms of financing to scale up successful renewable energy solutions.

    Our contribution

    This thematic area contributes to Sustainable Development Goal 7 (Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all) and Goal 13 (Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts).