Tracking SDG7: The Energy Progress Report shows that while the world is not on track to meet the energy targets set for 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals, real progress is being made in certain areas – particularly access to electricity in least developed countries, and energy efficiency.
Economic growth outpaced growth in energy use in all regions between 2010 and 2015 (except for Western Asia, where GDP is heavily tied to energy-intensive industries). Sub-Saharan Africa’s electrification deficit has begun to fall in absolute terms for the first time. Renewable energy is making impressive gains in the electricity sector, although these are not being matched in transportation and heating – which together account for 80% of global energy consumption. Most importantly, the experience of particular countries shows that with the right approaches and policies, countries can make substantial gains in clean energy and energy access that improve the lives of millions of people.
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