On renewable energy, the GTF shows that despite advances in technology and falling prices in the electricity sector—particularly for solar and wind—the gains in the energy mix are a fraction of what is needed to meet global objectives. Those countries that have set aggressive targets for renewable energy are seeing rapid progress and need to be joined by others.
On closing the energy access gap, 1.06 billion people still live without electricity, and the number of people who still use traditional, solid fuels to cook rose slightly to 3.04 billion, indicating that efforts to advance clean cooking are not keeping up with population growth. However, the report shows that countries making energy access a policy priority can accelerate rapidly, particularly as new off-grid solar technologies start to come into play.
We hope that you will read the GTF alongside another study released in February 2017, which examines the regulatory framework for sustainable energy in 111 countries. RISE (Regulatory Indicators for Sustainable Energy) complements the findings in this report by putting the spotlight on the adoption of policies that support more rapid progress.
As global attention increasingly focuses on sustainable energy, providing decision-makers with timely updates of progress is more urgent than ever. Next year, the Sustainable Energy for All Global Tracking Framework will move to an annual rather than a bi-annual cycle. Decision makers will be able to access the data in a more timely manner and implement changes needed to get us to the finish line.
It’s possible to secure sustainable energy for all by 2030. But we are not on track. We must rise to the challenge agreed by the international community.
We must heed the clarion call.
We must all go further, faster—together.
Visit the Global Tracking Framework website here.
Download the 2017 Global Tracking Framework Report here.
Read the Global Tracking Framework Launch press release here.