Unsustainable patterns of energy production and consumption threaten human health and quality of life, affect ecosystems, and contribute to climate change. Sustainable energy, therefore, can be an engine for poverty reduction, social progress, equity, enhanced resilience, economic growth, and environmental sustainability.
UNDP supports and advocates for an energy sector market transformation, and does this through a range of interventions on policy, finance, capacity development and awareness creation. By encouraging investments that help deliver sustainable energy products and services, and de-risking the policy and financial environment, UNDP is helping to develop the socio-economic context by which sustainable energy can be possible, viable and practical.
Over the past 20 years, UNDP has supported over 120 developing and middle income countries with comprehensive programmes focusing on energy access, renewable energy, and energy efficiency. At the global and regional levels, UNDP has been advocating for sustainable energy in the context of broader development and poverty eradication efforts, and is recognized as a senior partner of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative.