Between 2000 and 2016, the number of people with access to electricity increased from 78 to 87 percent, while those living without electricity declined to below one billion.
Despite such positive improvements, as the human population continues to grow, so will the demand for cheap energy. Moreover, current dependencies on nonrenewable energy sources, such as fossil fuels, will continue to intensify the effects of climate change.
To improve global energy productivity and achieve the objectives of SDG 7 by 2030, it is vital to support global investment and transitions to solar, wind and thermal energy systems.
Expanding infrastructure and upgrading technology will not only provide clean and more efficient energy for all countries, it will encourage economic growth and help environmental protection efforts.