In 2015, 193 Member States of the United Nations agreed as part of the Sustainable Development Goals on SDG 7, a specific goal to “ensure access to affordable, reliable and modern energy for all by 2030” – universal access to electricity and clean cooking. For nearly 20 years, the International Energy Agency has been at the forefront of international efforts to assess and understand the persistent energy access deficit and chart a pathway to Energy for All by 2030.
Achieving modern energy for all by 2030 is possible, bringing with it big benefits for minimal expenditure.
Our recently updated data on energy access available in World Energy Outlook 2018 show that progress has been made worldwide. The number of people without electricity access fell below 1 billion for the first time in 2017. Meanwhile, updated data shows that the number of people without access to clean cooking facilities has been gradually declining, but still amounted to 2.7 billion people globally in 2017.
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 primarily on the deployment of LPG, natural gas and electricity in urban areas and a range of technologies in rural areas.
Our work on Energy access
- IEA and African Union hold first ever ministerial meeting on development of Africa’s energy sector
13 June 2019
- Dr Kandeh Yumkella to advise the IEA on Africa and energy access
10 June 2019
- More people have access to electricity than ever before, but the world is falling short of its sustainable energy goals
22 May 2019
Events & workshops
Jul12July 12, 2017 09:30
WorkshopIdentifying Technology Innovation Needs and Opportunities Under Mission Innovation Challenge n°2: Off-grid Access to Electricity OECD Conference Centre, 2 rue André Pascal, 75016 Paris, France
Mar27March 27, 2017 09:30
May13May 13, 2011 00:00
WorkshopIEA Workshop on Energy for all: Financing access for the poorIEA, Paris
Jan27January 27, 2011 00:00