April 11, 2017

‘Progress is not fast enough if we are serious’ about meeting energy goals by 2030 – UN official

Written by United Nations

This article originally appeared on UN News Centre.

3 April 2017 – The pace of progress on three global energy goals – access to electricity, renewable energy and efficiency – is not moving fast enough to meet 2030 targets, according to a joint report launched today by the World Bank and the International Energy Agency at a United Nations-backed forum in New York.

The report shows that the increase of people getting access to electricity is slowing down, and if the trend is not reversed, projections are that the world will only reach 92 per cent electrification by 2030 – short of universal access and related targets set out in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agreed by UN Member States in 2015.

The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Sustainable Energy for All, Rachel Kyte, told UN News that while there is “remarkable progress” towards meeting SDG 7 – access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all – “despite good news stories in many parts of the world, when you add it all up, the rate of progress is not fast enough to hit the 2030 targets.”

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