UN target for global power supply 2030 remains vulnerable

Around 840 million people worldwide have no access to electricity. This is, however, a major step forward compared to approximately one billion in 2016 and 1.2 billion in 2010. The United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), which aim to secure electricity supply for all people by the year 2030, are nevertheless in danger of being missed without much greater effort. This is the central result of the fourth report on the pursuit of sustainability goals presented last week by the International Energy Agency (IEA), the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), the World Bank and the World Health Organization (WHO).
The gaps in the supply of clean energy for cooking are even greater. Around three billion people worldwide people lack access to clean cooking solution. The WHO estimates the number of fatal diseases caused by »household air pollution« from open fires – particularly from pneumonia, heart disease, stroke, lung disease and cancer – at around four million a year.
According to the report, 650 million people worldwide will still not have access to electricity in 2030 without increased efforts. Nine out of ten people affected live in the sub-Saharan region. The report on the SDG 7 target (formerly known as Global Tracking Framework, GTF) is available for download at: http://trackingSDG7.esmap.org/.
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