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Between 1990 and 2010, the number of people with access to electricity has increased by 1.7 billion, and as the global population continues to rise so will the demand for cheap energy. A global economy reliant on fossil fuels, and the increase of greenhouse gas emissions is creating drastic changes to our climate system. This is impacting every continent.

Efforts to encourage clean energy has resulted in more than 20 percent of global power being generated by renewable sources as of 2011. But still one in five people lack access to electricity, and as the demand continues to rise there needs to be a substantial increase in the production of renewable energy across the world.

Ensuring universal access to affordable electricity by 2030 means investing in clean energy sources such as solar, wind and thermal. Adopting cost-effective standards for a wider range of technologies could also reduce the global electricity consumption by buildings and industry by 14 percent. This means avoiding roughly 1,300 mid-size power plants. Expanding infrastructure and upgrading technology to provide clean energy in all developing countries is a crucial goal that can both encourage growth and help the environment.   

Goals in action

UNDP in Tajikistan

Crowdfunding for a warmer school

A community's crowdfunding campaign brings improvements to the local school, decreasing the drop out rate from 50% to 0. MORE >

UNDP in Turkey

Turning bounty into business at a Turkish women’s cooperative

A women's cooperative, supported by the New World program, has made a business out of traditional products. MORE >

UNDP in Belarus

Energy efficient houses for a better future

Watch the joy of this family as they get a new, energy-efficient house in Belarus. WATCH > 


UNDP in Turkmenistan

Working for smart cities

Sustainability requires planning based on data, policies, financial support, and modern solutions for infrastructure. But citizens can also play a very large role through their choices and behaviour. MORE >

UNDP in Moldova

Youth bring green energy to their communities

Moldovan youth are learning about renewable energy and inspiring change in their families and communities. MORE >

UNDP in Belarus

Treating a school: An #SDG7 fairytale

An "energy-saving ambulance" treats an ailing, inefficient school. WATCH >

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