At the tail end of the Marrakech UN conference on the climate 47 countries formed the Climate Vulnerable Forum to share the one goal: getting to 100% renewable energy as fast as possible. Previously, economists and politicians argued that developing countries will need to use coal or other destructive carbon-based energy before upgrading to renewables. With the cheap price of solar panels and other non-carbon intensive electricity it looks like these countries can skip coal. They are hoping to replicate the infrastructure “leapfrog” that mobile phones created in much of the world with renewable power.
Members of the CVF hope to perform the same kind of ‘leapfrogging’ with regards to energy.
The 47 members of the CVF â€“ which includes nations like Bangladesh, Ethiopia, and Haiti â€“Â say they’llÂ “strive to meet 100 percent domestic renewable energy production as rapidly as possible, while working to end energy poverty and protect water and food security, taking into consideration national circumstances”.
The goal is to have all of these systems in place some time betweenÂ 2030 and 2050, and the members have committed to presenting a detailed plan to the UN by 2020.