Energy Access

In 2015, 193 Member States of the United Nations agreed upon a specific target on ensuring access to affordable, reliable and modern energy for all by 2030 called SDG 7.1 – universal access to electricity and clean cooking.  Achieving SDG 7.1 would require bringing electricity to the remaining 1.1 billion who are still without electricity and reaching the 2.8 billion currently without access to clean cooking facilities.

Achieving modern energy for all by 2030 is possible and brings with it big benefits for minimal expenditure.

To provide universal electricity for all, decentralised systems, led by solar PV in off-grid and mini-grid systems, will be the least-cost solution for three-quarters of the additional connections needed, but that grid extension will still have a role to play, especially in urban areas. Achieving clean cooking for all relies on the deployment of LPG, natural gas and electricity in urban areas and a range of technologies in rural areas, including increasing the deployment of improved and advanced biomass cookstoves.

Learn more in our Key Findings for Access to Energy Outlook 2017 or watch our online webinar.

Our work on Energy access