Between 1990 and 2010, the number of people with access to electricity has increased by 1.7 billion, and as the global population continues to rise so will the demand for cheap energy. A global economy reliant on fossil fuels, and the increase of greenhouse gas emissions is creating drastic changes to our climate system. This is impacting every continent.
Efforts to encourage clean energy has resulted in more than 20 percent of global power being generated by renewable sources as of 2011. But still one in five people lack access to electricity, and as the demand continues to rise there needs to be a substantial increase in the production of renewable energy across the world.
Ensuring universal access to affordable electricity by 2030 means investing in clean energy sources such as solar, wind and thermal. Adopting cost-effective standards for a wider range of technologies could also reduce the global electricity consumption by buildings and industry by 14 percent. This means avoiding roughly 1,300 mid-size power plants. Expanding infrastructure and upgrading technology to provide clean energy in all developing countries is a crucial goal that can both encourage growth and help the environment.
Goals in action
Biomass planting can play a potentially significant role in helping Ukraine meet its energy and heating needs, become more eco-friendly alternative to natural gas as well as improve the living standards in rural areas in Ukraine. MORE >
Over one thousand children from the small town of Uman, Cherkasy region, will stay warm this fall and winter thanks to bioenergy. Three straw-fired biomass boilers have been installed in the local kindergarten and allowing schools to save over 700,000 Hryvnias on heating bills annually. The boilers are a vivid example of a sustainable development triple-win for the community and the planet. MORE >
New pellet fuel producing workshop is expected to benefit 10,000 people, reduce schools’ energy spending and create 18 new jobs in the Andriivka village and its neighbourhood in the Donetsk Oblast. MORE >
The success story of Kamyanetska village school that managed to cut its energy bills in half and introduce stable heat delivery in the whole school building thanks to the installation of biomass boilers – an initiative implemented with UNDP support. MORE >