EDP integrates several organizations dedicated to sustainability in its environmental, economic and social aspects.
The United Nations Foundation is one of the international organizations with the ability and vision to solve global problems, mobilizing the experience and energy of business and non-governmental organizations to assist in resolving issues such as climate change, global health, peace, security, eradicating problems, access to energy and other challenges. EDP is a partner of this organization, whose purpose is to find solutions to global challenges such as energy, health and gender, through the mobilization of people, ideas and resources. At the Conference on Sustainable Development Rio+20, in June of 2012, Rio+Social was held jointly, an event that promotes dialogue on issues ranging from technology and sustainable energy to poverty eradication.
The United Nations Environment Programme is the authority responsible for placing the issue of environment on the global agenda, promoting the implementation of measures for sustainable development such as the United Nations system and presents itself as an authorized authority for the environment. EDP is a partner in the mini-grids UNEP program, which aims to prove that decentralized solutions of clean energy in developing countries are commercially viable and sustainable. Together, EDP and UNEP will conduct a pilot project, Green Mini-Grid, in Mozambique, in order to provide basic energy services at an affordable price in locations without access to the distribution network.
The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, launched the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) in 2011 focusing on three goals: providing universal access to modern energy services; double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency and double the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix. SE4All is linked both to the United Nations and the World Bank and seeks to link business, industry, NGOs and public and private organizations. EDP is a member of the pioneering initiative of the United Nations Foundation to promote universal access to energy by 2030 and to promote the participation in the development of approaches to achieve this goal.
The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (GACC) is a public-private partnership that aims to save lives, improve quality of life, autonomy of women and combat climate change by creating a thriving global market for clean and efficient solutions for domestic kitchens. EDP is Core & Implementing Partner of this public-private initiative led by the United Nations Foundation with a budget of $ 50 million, that by 2020 wants to promote access to kitchen solutions and clean fuels for 100 million homes, to improve the living conditions of populations and fight climate change.