Still 733 million people worldwide without electricity

The United Nations’ goal of secure electricity for all by 2030 as part of its Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) is not achievable at the current pace. In particular, the Covid 19 pandemic has pushed the »SDG 7« target even further away in the past year. Around 733 million people worldwide do not have access to electricity, and at the current rate of progress, this figure will still be 670 million in 2030, ten million more than predicted just a year ago.
This is the core result of the 2022 issue of »Tracking SDG 7: The Energy Progress Report,« presented by the SDG 7 custodian agencies International Energy Agency (IEA), International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), World Bank and World Health Organization (WHO). While the statistical basis of the report essentially only extends to 2019 or 2020, recent developments, above all the war in Ukraine and its impact on the energy markets, have further exacerbated the situation. According to the authors, some 90 million people in Asia and Africa who had already gained access to electricity »can no longer afford to pay for their basic energy needs.«
Africa, and especially the sub-Saharan region, continues to be worst hit by energy poverty. More than three quarters (77 percent or 568 million) of people without access to electricity live here. Nevertheless, the number of people without electricity is declining, falling by 39 percent from 2010 (1.2 billion) to 2020 (733 million). The number of people without access to clean cooking fell by 20 percent – from 3.0 billion to 2.4 billion. However, while the year 2010 saw $11.2 billion financial flow to developing countries in support of clean energy, that figure was only $10.9 billion in 2019.
The report is available for free download on the World Bank’s website.

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