Understanding SDG7

From job creation to economic development, from security concerns to the full empowerment of women, energy lies at the heart of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - agreed to by the world’s leaders in September 2015 as part of the 2030 Agenda.

How we produce and use energy is also pivotal to the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change, in which 195 nations agreed to reduce global carbon pollution to levels that will limit global temperature rise to well below 2° Celsius.

In the words of former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, “Energy is the golden thread that connects economic growth, increased social equity, and an environment that allows the world to thrive."

Yet 789 million people in the world today have no access to electricity, and roughly 3 times that number use dirty cooking fuels. SDG7 sets out to change these numbers.

SDG7 calls for “affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all” by 2030. Its 3 core targets are the foundation for our work.

Ensure universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services
Increase substantially the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix
Double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency