IEA report: More people have access to electricity

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published a report on world population access to electricity. According to the report »Energy Access Outlook: from Poverty to Prosperity«, which presents the situation in 140 countries, around 1.1 billion people had no access to electrical energy in 2016. In 2000, the figure was 1.6 billion. While fossil fuels, especially coal, have so far made the largest contribution to this development, the share of renewable energies has risen to more than a third in the past five years and will continue to increase. The IEA estimates that »by 2030 renewables are set to provide new electricity access for three-in-five people«. However, it is estimated that 674 million people are set to be without access to electricity, 90 percent of them in the sub-Saharan region.

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