Energy is central to nearly every major challenge and opportunity the world faces today, and yet progress in every area of sustainable energy falls short of what is needed to meet targets for renewable energy and energy efficiency. Universal access to energy, increased energy efficiency and the increased use of renewable energy through new economic and job opportunities create sustainable and inclusive communities and resilience to the climate crisis.
Approximately 3 billion people lack access to clean-cooking solutions, which expose them to dangerous levels of air pollution. At the same time, nearly 1 billion people live without electricity, 50 per cent of whom live in sub-Saharan Africa. The use of renewable electricity – hydro, solar, wind – is climbing, but meaningful improvements require higher levels of financing and bolder policy commitments with the willingness to increase investments and embrace new technologies to transform the world’s energy systems.