SDG 7
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Between 1990 and 2010, the number of people with access to electricity has increased by 1.7 billion, and as the global population continues to rise so will the demand for cheap energy. A global economy reliant on fossil fuels, and the increase of greenhouse gas emissions is creating drastic changes to our climate system. This is impacting every continent.

Efforts to encourage clean energy has resulted in more than 20 percent of global power being generated by renewable sources as of 2011. But still one in five people lack access to electricity, and as the demand continues to rise there needs to be a substantial increase in the production of renewable energy across the world.

Ensuring universal access to affordable electricity by 2030 means investing in clean energy sources such as solar, wind and thermal. Adopting cost-effective standards for a wider range of technologies could also reduce the global electricity consumption by buildings and industry by 14 percent. This means avoiding roughly 1,300 mid-size power plants. Expanding infrastructure and upgrading technology to provide clean energy in all developing countries is a crucial goal that can both encourage growth and help the environment.   

Goals in action

UNDP in Moldova

Youth bring green energy to their communities

Moldovan youth are learning about renewable energy and inspiring change in their families and communities. MORE >

UNDP Global

Solar empowerment across countries

Reliable access to water is critical for farmers everywhere, but, for many in developing countries grappling with poverty, unemployment, insufficient infrastructure and environmental degradation, climate change brings additional pressure. MORE >

UNDP in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia

Energizing innovation

UNDP is innovating around clean energy - from a global challenge seeking renewable energy solutions for war-returnee families living off the power grid in rural areas to the first energy independent school supported by crowdfunding. MORE >

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