Electricity access grows, but sustainable growth stalls

Access to electricity across the world has improved, but the world is falling well short of meeting its global enrgy targets set out by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) for 2030, according to a new report released by the a consortium of global leaders.

The Tracking SDG7: The Energy Progress Report, released by by the International Energy Agency (IEA), the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), the World Bank and the World Health Organization (WHO), found that progress has been made on energy access.

The report found that the number of people living without electricity has dropped to roughly 840 million from 1 billion in 2016 and 1.2 billion in 2010.

India, Bangladesh, Kenya and Myanmar are among countries that made the most progress since 2010. However, without more sustained and stepped-up actions, 650 million people will still be left without access to electricity in 2030. Nine out of 10 of them will be living in sub-Saharan Africa.

The report shows that ‘great efforts’ have been made into deploying renewable energy technology, but access to clean cooking solutions and the use of renewable energy in heat generation and transport are still lagging far behind the goals.

“We need to do more to put the world on track to meet all SDG7 targets. I am particularly concerned by the dramatic lack of access to reliable, modern and sustainable energy in certain parts of the world, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, a region where we need to really concentrate our efforts,” the IEA’s Executive Director, Dr Fatih Britol, said.

The full report can be found here

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