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2019 Tracking SDG7: The Energy Progress Report

Created Jun 06 2019, 10:37 AM by Caroline Adongo Ochieng

Tracking SDG7: The Energy Progress Report 2019 finds that global electrification rate reached 89 percent in 2017 and that the number of people without electricity access dropped to around 840 million, compared to 1 billion in 2016 and 1.2 billion in 2010.

Despite this progress, reaching the remaining unserved people, including those connected to frail and overburdened urban grids, as well as displaced people, and hard-to-reach locations, will be challenging. An estimated 650 million people will be left without electricity access in 2030. Most of these people will be in sub-Saharan Africa. Stronger political commitment, long-term planning, increased private financing and adequate policy and fiscal incentives will be crucial to achieve universal access.        

The report is a joint effort of 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). It is supported by the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP).