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According to the International Energy Agency, world energy consumption is expected to grow by one-third to 2040, primarily in non-OECD countries such as China and India (IEA, 2015). Growing populations and rising incomes will place added pressure on the current energy system.

With fossil fuels still dominating the global energy mix, communities, businesses, and national governments are confronted by the energy tri-lemma: assuring energy security, combating climate change by reducing emissions, and addressing energy poverty (World Energy Council, 2016). To help address this, the Clean Energy Solutions Center provides no-cost expert assistance on clean energy policy to representatives of government agencies and to technical institutes supporting them.

Relevance to SDGs

In line with Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7, there is a global movement to address these challenges by substantially increasing investment in renewable energy technologies and implementation, doubling the rate of improvement to energy efficiency, and changing user behaviours, with the aim to achieve absolute decoupling between energy consumption and economic growth.

Explore green growth resources related to SDG 7:

SDG 7.2
Renewable Energy
   SDG 7.3
Energy Efficiency
   SDG 7.a
      Energy R&D      

Publications

United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment)
United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment)

Case Studies

Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)
United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)
United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), GREEN-WIN

Learning Products

Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID)
Security and Sustainability Forum (SSF)
Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)