Energizing Finance series
The Energizing Finance series consists of in-depth primary research and analysis by Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) and partners that examines supply and demand for finance across two key areas of energy access: electricity and clean cooking.
The 2020 Energizing Finance research reveals that, yet again, finance levels for electricity and clean cooking remain far below the investment required to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 7 – access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all. The shortage has reached acute levels in many of the 20 high-impact countries across Africa and Asia with the largest access gaps that the reports track using the latest available data from 2018.
Energizing Finance also notes that achieving SDG7 will be impossible without speeding up the disbursement of energy finance commitments. Huge amounts of planned investment and funding support continue to be delayed or face multiple barriers, limiting impact on the ground and depriving vulnerable populations of energy access.
Investment in new coal-fired power plants persists globally despite misalignment with a net-zero economy and the falling costs of renewable energy technologies.
This Knowledge Brief proposes a new approach to identify and track cooling transactions, a first step toward understanding current finance commitments and acting on growing global needs for sustainable cooling solutions.
This report identifies the gaps between commitments and disbursements of development finance for energy, as tracked in the OECD Creditor Reporting System (CRS) database. Since Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7) is heavily linked to finance - specifically the disbursement of funds - it is vital to examine the efficiency with which finance is actually disbursed to achieve energy targets.
Despite more than 55 percent of the population using traditional cookstoves, the current landscape of Bangladesh offers a conducive market for clean cooking technologies, driven by increasing incomes, urbanization, and favourable government support.
Development finance for the energy sector with a gender equality objective has remained low (only 9 percent of all energy sector development finance in 2018) in recent years, in contrast to the proportion of development finance for other sectors.
This report tracks finance for electricity and clean cooking committed in 2018 to 20 Sub-Saharan African and Asian countries - known as the high-impact countries (HICs) - that together are home to more than 80 percent of people globally without energy access.
This case study - published in the research report Energizing Finance: Understanding the Landscape 2020 - explores how robust domestic policies have contributed to increased electricity access in Rwanda
This brief provides an analysis of international finance commitments and disbursements to Sierra Leone –– one of the countries worst affected by the 2014–2016 Ebola outbreak.
This research brief details current challenges for access to sustainable cooling finance, but also opportunities and recommendations for overcoming them.
Energizing Finance: Understanding the Landscape 2019 provides an update on the investments for electricity access and clean cooking.