Energy Efficiency for Sustainable Development

Together with our partners, this programme supports progress on energy efficiency by matching energy efficiency solutions to country and sector needs, supporting increased political commitment, setting a clear narrative with enhanced knowledge products as well as driving the development of a central fund for technical assistance and the implementation of energy efficiency solutions. 

As energy efficiency is not "visible", it is often not given the policy and investment priority it needs to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals. As a result, the energy efficiency rate of improvement has declined, leaving it well below the level needed to achieve the SDG 7.3 target. However, energy efficiency has the potential to cost-effectively contribute 40 percent of the emissions savings goals of the Paris Agreement, and it will accelerate SDG 7.1 energy access progress.


As a founding partner of the Three Percent Club, Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) will support countries to convene, commit, strategize, learn, implement and communicate energy efficiency progress.  

While much of the commitment needs are economy-wide, investment needs are within each sector, where SEforALL will partner through the Three Percent Club to deliver investment in sustainable

  • buildings
  • cities
  • industry
  • transport
  • products and services

to support achieving sustainability in cross-sector activities including cooking, cooling, education, food, gender equality, health, jobs and productivity that support the Sustainable Development Goals.


SEforALL will support partners and countries to increase or redirect spending to cost-effective energy efficiency investments with a goal of achieving nearly USD 600 billion per year of new investment by 2025 (a sharp increase from the USD 240 billion invested in 2019). To support this goal, activities over the next three years will include working with partners to support public commitments in 20 countries, support training on energy efficiency for 40 countries, and generating evidence and a clear narrative of energy efficiency with enhanced tools and resources accessible to more people in more countries.

Goal 7 target

Energy efficiency