SDG 7: Affordable and clean energy

Goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.

Humans everywhere are entitled to every aspect of a decent life, from healthy food, clean water, and good education to affordable healthcare. One aspect that is often overlooked is what powers them all, energy.

The world is still falling short in providing affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all. Despite the progress over the past decade on improving access to electricity, increasing renewable energy use in the electricity sector and improving energy efficiency are required to fend off humanity's worst enemy – climate change.

According to the United Nations, as many as 660 million people worldwide may still be without access to electricity in 2030. As for those who would have access, they will still largely rely on polluting fuels and technologies and will be exposed to high levels of household air pollution with serious consequences for their cardiovascular and respiratory systems. Governments, organizations, and individuals hope to – through SDG #7 – ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all.

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