Asia and the Pacific economies are on track in meeting the goal of sustainable energy for all (SEforALL), but whether the pace is sufficient to reach the SEforALL targets by 2030 remains to be seen.

This first attempt of the SEforALL Asia-Pacific Regional Hub to monitor the performance of Asia and the Pacific revealed progress in achieving the objectives of universal energy access and improved energy efficiency. While renewable energy adoption appears to be lackluster, there has been a recent exponential increase in the contribution of solar and wind energy to electricity generation. This is a welcome development that inspires optimism about the performance of the region in the coming years. Moreover, countries from the region have shown significant progress in the last 5 years in putting in place policy measures and programs to increase energy access, energy efficiency, and renewable energy use.

Recognizing the linkages between energy and the health and well-being of women and children, this report noted good practices in the region from which stakeholders can learn. Case studies showed how modern energy can transform women and children’s lives, and contribute to overall development.

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