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IEA Sees “Significant Progress” Towards Sustainable Energy, But Not Enough

“Significant process” has been made towards achieving widespread energy access, increased energy efficiency, and a greater development of renewable energy, according to the International Energy Agency and the World Bank.

The new report published by the International Energy Agency (IEA) and World Bank comes as part of the greater Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative, launched by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in September of 2011. The reportGlobal Tracking Framework 2015, is the second edition of the report, and provides an update on how the world has been moving towards the three SE4ALL objectives:

  • ensure universal access to modern energy services
  • double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency
  • double the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix

The report, therefore, provides a report on how fast the world is moving towards these three objectives, specifically with regards to the latest tracking data, from the two year tracking period 2010-12.

According to the report, as of 2012, 85% of the global population had access to electricity, which translates into 220 million people acquiring access to electricity since 2010. However, providing access to clean cooking facilities has been relatively slow, with more than 40% of the world’s population still relying on fossil fuels for cooking. Primary energy intensity (the global proxy for energy efficiency), dropped by 1.7% a year over the two year tracking period, which is nearly a full percentage point behind the SE4ALL objective. And, in addition, the share of renewable energy grew from 17.8% to 18.1%, but while this is an increase, the rate of increase needs to be nearly double to achieve the SE4ALL goal.

How far is the rate of progress from that required to attain SE4ALL?


“The UN’s Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiative, a multistakeholder partnership uniting the public sector, private sector and civil society, is seen by many as the logical rallying point for action on a sustainable energy SDG,” said Kandeh Yumkella, Secretary General’s Special Representative for Sustainable Energy for All. “With its three interlinked targets—ensuring universal access to modern energy services, doubling the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency, and doubling the share of renewable energy in the world’s energy mix, all by 2030—it provides a road map for a future in which ending energy poverty does not have to come at the expense of the planet.”

To read the Key Findings of Global Tracking Framework 2015, please click here.

To read the Summary Report of Global Tracking Framework 2015, please click here.

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