|| Community power has a proven, very positive impact on deployment rates of renewable energy and increases the economic and social benefits of renewable energies for local communities and their actors. It increases community acceptance, involvement and benefits from renewable energy installations, and has been key driver in pioneering European countries adopting renewable energy. Community Power has the potential to boost renewable energy adoption in Africa, which has currently the lowest electrification rates and population densities in the world. The decentralised renewable resources can be matched with decentralised populations and can have a real and measurable impact on Africa’s living conditions and economic development while providing incentives allowing people to live in regions already affected by climate change.
The 1st World Community Power Conference 2016 took place in Fukushima City, Japan, on the occasion of the first anniversary of the Paris climate change agreement and coincided with the fifth anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear accident and of the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear accident.
The WCPC brought leading community power proponents from Japan and the world together to discuss the role community power has to play in the global shift towards renewable energy. WCPC also discussed a global community power strategy and its national and local implications.
The conference concluded with the “Fukushima Community Power Declaration – for the future of the earth” which was agreed by the more than 600 participants from more than 30 countries, to support community power. The declaration mentions that sustainable energy is essential to future wellbeing of all and that the implementation of this renewable energy future must respect local and regional needs and priorities, as well as existing societal, cultural and environmental conditions, and, in other words, follow the principles of “community power.”
Today, the international community is putting a lot of effort in order to implement Paris Agreement. It is also clearer than ever that there will not be any Sustainable Development Goal achieved without access to energy. At the same no climate mitigation is possible without universal access to renewable energy.