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7. Affordable and clean energy

7. Affordable and clean energy

Energy is central to nearly every major challenge and opportunity the world faces today. Be it for jobs, security, climate change, food production or increasing incomes, access to energy for all is essential. Ensuring access to affordable, reliable and modern energy for all has come one step closer due to recent progress in electrification, particularly in LDCs, and improvements in industrial energy efficiency. However, national priorities and policy ambitions still need to be strengthened to put the world on track to meet the energy targets for 2030.

Read our stories to learn more about SDG Goal 7: Affordable and clean energy

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News

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In less than a year, India has faced its second coal sector crisis that has led to nationwide power supply issues.
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Climate disasters are disrupting subsistence agriculture in western Nepal, where malnutrition and infant mortality are already high.
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A month ago, Lohari village in Uttarakhand was submerged in the waters of the reservoir built as part of the upcoming Vyasi hydropower project.
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Over the past decade, Japan and South Korea have increasingly turned to burning wood pellets for energy, leaning on a UN loophole that dubs biomass burning as carbon neutral.
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Opinion

Christopher DunstanBurgh
An equitable, net-zero, nature-positive global economy should be at the heart of efforts. We also need a better metric for assessing progress.
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Investments in physical infrastructure such as highways and power lines have been lagging behind what is needed to meet development goals. To kickstart post-pandemic recovery, there is a need to invest in green infrastructure.
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Women often get the short end of the stick in rural areas where energy access is poor. In the drive to improve energy access, directing finance to increase the participation of women in the energy sector is necessary.
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LNG importers and ESG investors should beware of evolving cost and climate claims
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Videos

Vietnam, wind power story
Vietnam's wind market is thriving, but more work lies ahead if the country wants to power its booming economy without imperilling its people and the planet.
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Southeast Asian nations are racing to bring clean, affordable power to their people, but one country is outrunning them all. How can states make their renewable energy transition a success?
An e-jeepney in the Philippines. A growing movement is underway to electrify Southeast Asia's transport. Image: Eco-Business
In gridlocked, smoggy Southeast Asian cities, change is afoot to electrify transport and clear some of the world's most polluted skies. This video documents the pockets of hope for e-mobility around the most climate-vulnerable region.
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Southeast Asia's largest energy consumer has been slow to transition to renewables, but recent policies point to greater expansion of the country's solar, tidal and geothermal energy production.
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Podcasts

EB Podcast: Climate Tech In Asia - Gogoro Founder Horace Luke
Exclusive In this new podcast series 'Climate Tech in Asia', Eco-Business speaks to Gogoro chairman and CEO Horace Luke about the company's recent listing on the Nasdaq and its quest to electrify Asia's ubiquitous two-wheelers and make battery swapping mainstream.
EB Podcast with Elena Philipova, director of sustainable finance, Refinitiv
It is no longer business as usual when it comes to how we tackle climate change and rising global temperatures. Eco-Business speaks to Elena Philipova of Refinitiv about how data can ensure countries and businesses are delivering on pledges to decarbonise.
Google moonshot
With governments and companies racing towards net zero, Google has set a target to use clean energy for every location and every hour of its operations by 2030. Is this possible?
WEF China
The World Economic Forum – best known for its Annual Meeting in Davos since 1971 – has been a dynamic platform bringing together the best in business, politics and society to shape global industry agendas. How is WEF helping to shape China’s economic goals alongside its environmental and societal priorities?
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