Different Paths, Same Destination: Tailoring Roadmaps for Energy Transition and Energy Access

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Different Paths, Same Destination: Tailoring Roadmaps for Energy Transition and Energy Access

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The World Bank is committed to support its client countries achieve just, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable energy transition. However, every country is different and needs a tailored path to achieve both decarbonization and access to energy. While the two agendas need to work hand in hand, it is not always easy to reconcile the two approaches. As developing countries create their own path, the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP), with its donor partners and partner organizations, is supporting them in thinking through their energy transition and energy access roadmaps.

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00:00 Welcome! COP26: Tailoring Roadmaps for Energy Transition and Energy Access
02:44 Critical factors for a successful energy transition and World Bank’s support
10:04 Ensuring that energy services are affordable in Rwanda
14:53 Access to clean and efficient cooling in the energy transition and climate adaptation
20:37 Supporting developing countries in their energy transition and energy access roadmaps
24:34 Bosnia and Herzegovina and its approach to a just energy transition
30:52 The experience of Madhya Pradesh, India, in building solar parks
38:27 The role of the private sector in closing down coal mines and in moving to new energies
40:32 Public-private partnerships: The case of Rewa project, India
47:38 Expanding renewable energies: Developing offshore wind in Colombia
54:12 Canada's commitment to emissions-reduction and mitigation efforts
1:01:31 Closing remarks



  • Global Director for the World Bank's Energy and Extractives Global Practice
  • Director General of the Energy Directorate, Ministry of Infrastructure, Rwanda
  • Senior Director and Chief of Staff, Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL)
  • Senior Energy Innovation Advisor, UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO)
  • Principal Secretary, Revenue, Madhya Pradesh, India
  • General Director of the Energy and Mining Planning Unit, Colombia
  • Head of Ministry's Department for Secondary Energy and Projects, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Climate Finance and Partnerships, International Affairs Branch, Environment and Climate Change Canada, Government of Canada


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