People need reliable and affordable energy. At the same time, there has to be an appropriate balance between growing demand for energy and the urgent need to protect environment and climate. In this context, UNIDO's energy-related activities include the promotion of clean and sustainable sources of energy, the facilitation of productive activities in rural areas by providing modern and renewable forms of energy, and the enhancement of renewable energy in industrial processes.
UNIDO's Energy Strategy aims at helping developing countries and countries in transition to achieve the following objectives:
- Increase the competitiveness of their industries by reducing the dependence on fossil fuels;
- Reduce their impact on climate change by decreasing the carbon emissions of their industries and by promoting renewable energy technologies
- Increase the viability of their enterprises, particularly in rural areas, by augmenting the use of locally available renewable energy sources.