Goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

Energy is central to nearly every major challenge and opportunity the world faces today. Be it for jobs, security, climate change, food production or increasing incomes, access to energy for all is essential. Sustainable energy is opportunity – it transforms lives, economies and the planet. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is leading a Sustainable Energy for All initiative to ensure universal access to modern energy services, improve efficiency and increase use of renewable sources.

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Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all ":
  • One in five people still lacks access to modern electricity
  • 3 billion people rely on wood, coal, charcoal or animal waste for cooking and heating
  • Energy is the dominant contributor to climate change, accounting for around 60 per cent of total global greenhouse gas emissions
  • Reducing the carbon intensity of energy is a key objective in long-term climate goals.
  • Switch off your appliances at the socket. Turn off the lights when you’re not using them.
  • Turn off your air conditioning, especially for sleeping – open a window or use a fan.
  • Buy rechargeable electronics. Don’t buy or use one-use batteries.
  • Don’t use multiple devices at the same time. Be mindful about this and only several devices when absolutely necessary.
  • Use solar energy sources. Install solar panels in your home for your heating and electricity. Use solar technology – radio, charger, lights etc…
  • Stay informed. Follow your local news and stay in touch with the Global Goals online or on social media at @TheGlobalGoals.
TARGETS

It is important that we all take a small step to make sure that we meet the Global Goals. Use these 5 targets to create action for partnerships for the goals.

Universal Access to Modern Energy

By 2030, ensure universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services.

Increase Global Percentage of Renewable Energy

By 2030, increase substantially the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.

Double the Improvement in Energy Efficiency

By 2030, double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency.

Invest In and Facilitate Access to Clean Energy Research and Technology

By 2030, enhance international cooperation to facilitate access to clean energy research and technology, including renewable energy, energy efficiency and advanced and cleaner fossil-fuel technology, and promote investment in energy infrastructure and clean energy technology.

Expand and Upgrade Energy Services for Developing Countries

By 2030, expand infrastructure and upgrade technology for supplying modern and sustainable energy services for all in developing countries, in particular least developed countries, small island developing States and landlocked developing countries, in accordance with their respective programmes of support.

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