The world has been making incredible strides towards this goal in the past decade, particularly in providing electricity to the vulnerable of society. Renewable energy is also making incredible progress in this sector. However, There are still major challenges ahead, such as providing efficient cooking fuels for three billion people and expanding the use of renewable energy beyond the electricity sector, not to mention that all of these processes need to be sped up in general.
There are three targets:
- Ensure universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services
- Increase substantially the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix
- Double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency
What does it mean and what can we do?
This goal has very few targets and is fairly straightforward, but not because it isn’t important, but because this goal bleeds into other goals further down the line and thus there is not a great need to cover every single problematic aspect of this target. The aim is to keep the energy levels we have today, but make it sustainable and efficient, as well as ensure that the poor have equal access to it.
What we can do is, of course, be ethical consumers. You could also support a project which, as an example, provides energy-efficient cooking tools for the poor.