Tracking SDG 7: The Energy Progress Report (2021)

Jun 10, 2021 12:05 PM ET
  • This joint annual report from the custodian agencies of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7 on energy, serves to assist global co-operation and also policy-making to accomplish global, sustainable energy accessibility by 2030.

The yearly SDG 7 tracking report consists of the main dashboard of global, local as well as national development on 4 crucial energy targets:

7.1: Ensuring universal accessibility to electrical energy and also tidy cooking services;

7.2: Substantially increasing the share of renewable energy;

7.3: Doubling progression on energy efficiency;

7. A: Increasing worldwide partnership on behalf of tidy as well as renewable energy.

The latest readily available data and selected energy scenarios disclose that at today's price of development, the world is not on track to achieve any one of the targets under SDG 7. This is particularly true of one of the most vulnerable countries and those that were already delaying.

Although the variety of individuals without accessibility to electricity dropped from 1.2 billion globally in 2010 to 759 million in 2019, the regrettable reality is that gains in energy accessibility are being reversed following the COVID-19 pandemic. The variety of individuals doing not have accessibility to electrical energy is readied to increase in 2020, making basic electrical energy services expensive for approximately 30 million individuals who had formerly delighted in gain access to. The variety of people with accessibility to tidy food preparation services dropped from 3 billion in 2010 to 2.6 billion in 2019. Unless efforts are stepped up considerably, an estimated 660 million people would continue to be without access to electricity in 2030 and 2.4 billion people will certainly be entrusted to no access to tidy food preparation.

The report takes a look at different ways of bridging the gaps, principal among them the goal of substantially scaling up renewable resource while maximising its socio-economic benefits. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, renewables have actually shown extra durable than various other parts of the energy market, and also their temporary overview shows durability in all regions, aided along by helpful policies and also falling innovation costs. The share of renewables in total final energy consumption (TFEC) has actually nonetheless been secure around 17% considering that 2010, because TFEC has actually expanded at basically the exact same rate as renewables. This indicates the relevance of additional scaling up renewable energy while phasing out fossil fuels as well as including energy consumption via energy efficiency.

The capacity of countries to scale up renewables nonetheless differs widely. Boosted co-operation is essential to support those most in need-- particularly amid the COVID-19 dilemma. The 2021 version of SDG7 presents for the first time a full phase on indicator 7. A. 1: international monetary flows to establishing countries on behalf of clean energy. The overall pattern in public monetary flows has actually been positive over the past decade, increasing threefold throughout the period 2010-2018 when deemed a five-year moving standard. This trend masks some important distributional discrepancies, with financial commitments focused in a couple of nations as well as therefore failing to get to a lot of those most looking for global support. The 46 least established nations (LDCs) received a simple 20% of public financial flows over the duration 2010-2018.

On the whole, the world is out track to accomplish SDG 7 and considerable efforts are required in the coming years, in particular to get to those furthest behind.

Locate the dashboards and also additional info on the Tracking SDG 7 site.

IRENA produces the report jointly with the International Energy Agency (IEA), the United Nations Data Division (UNSD), the World Bank, and the World Health Organization (WHO). The primary procedure for the 2021 version was chaired by UNSD.


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