Access to clean, modern, sustainable energy is critical for improving the health and livelihoods of billions of people around the world. There is growing evidence linking socioeconomic benefits with access to a reliable and affordable supply of electricity. For example, with adequate lighting and a reliable supply of electricity in the evening, children can read and do homework longer, families can listen to the radio, watch television, or generate income. There would also be tangible health benefits because currently many alternative lighting sources, like kerosene lamps, are a major source of pollution, harming people’s health and the environment.
How do we waste less, pollute less and do more to promote energy access?
The reality is that we still have a long way to go. While that was down from around 1.2 billion people in 2010, it still represents 15% of the world’s population. Also in 2012, about 2.9 billion people did not have access to non-solid fuels as a primary source for cooking. That’s equivalent to 41% of the global population.
UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7 focuses on a concerted global effort to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all. and recognizing these linkages is important to effectively implement them.
With a historic agreement to tackle climate change in place, it is now time to act. And delivering on SDG7 is a cornerstone of that objective.