Rachel Kyte, Chief Executive Officer , Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL), and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All


A leading advocate for sustainable development, Rachel Kyte is focused on affordable, reliable and sustainable energy as the key to combating both poverty and climate change. Ms. Kyte drives SEforALL’s work to mobilise action towards its 2030 goals of ensuring universal access to modern energy services; doubling the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency; and doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.

Ms Kyte served until December 2015 as World Bank Group Vice President for Sustainable Development and Special Envoy for Climate Change, leading the Bank Group’s efforts to campaign for an ambitious agreement at the 21st Convention of the Parties of the UNFCCC (COP 21).

Recipient of numerous awards for women’s leadership, climate action and sustainable development, she is a Professor of practice in sustainable development at Tuft’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.


PRASEG Guest Lecture: The energy transition and the opportunities and risks for the UK

Wednesday 22 February, 17.30- 19.00, Committee Room 15, House of Commons

In 2015 the international community came together and achieved far reaching agreement on a set of 17 sustainable development goals and the Paris Agreement on climate change. In agreeing to close the energy access gap, double the rate of energy efficiency and increase the amount of renewable energy in the energy mix, and, in the climate context, to limit warming to way below 2 degrees we a committing ourselves to a radical global energy transition. The future energy system must be one that provides cleaner, affordable, reliable energy for all. At the same time, it is one that has to drive the decarbonisation of the global economy.

This has profound implications for all countries. For the UK, both domestically and in its role in the international community, this holds both risks and opportunities. The prevailing mindset is of incumbents in energy systems that are centralised and fossil fuel based. However, increasingly, it is clear that a more decentralised, decarbonised and digitalised energy system can offer a cheaper, easier and faster way to close the energy access gap and put the energy system on an emissions curve that would allow us to arrive at well below 2 degrees by mid-century.

This lecture will explore the goals, the challenges their realisation poses and the opportunities. It will explore policy and finance as two enablers of fast progress to support technology and new business models achieving speed and scale.

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