Sustainable energy maps show progress on global energy trends

Sustainable Energy for All (SeforALL), a global initiative launched in 2012 following the UN International Year of Sustainable Energy for All , has launched newly updated ‘heat maps’ on its web site, identifying countries and regions around the world that are making the most progress - and facing the biggest challenges - on key sustainable energy issues.

The four sets of heat maps are focused on access to clean cooking, electricity access, energy efficiency and renewable energy – all key topics of Sustainable Development Goal 7, which calls for achieving affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all by 2030.

Each of the heat maps identifies 20 “high-impact” countries facing the biggest challenges on specific sustainable energy indicators.

Of the top 20 energy consuming countries, seven, including Australia, reduced their intensity over 2012-14 by more than 2 percent annually. Australia ranked 13th amongst the top 20 high impact countries in terms of percentage of renewable energy in total energy consumption in 2014.

Jane Olga Ebinger, Director of Policy at SeforALL, said the maps help to show global leaders where they can make the biggest and fastest inroads towards the goal of universal energy access for all by 2030.

“The maps also show where big gains are happening so that we can replicate the success of others and help leaders in government, business and civil society make smart choices.”

Most of the data for the maps is from the 2017 Global Tracking Framework report, which has been assessing progress towards SEforALL objectives since 2013. The Framework uses available data from household surveys and international databases to track access to electricity, clean cooking sources, improvements in energy intensity and increases in the share of renewable energy compared to overall energy consumption.

The maps also draw on data from the Regulatory Indicators for Sustainable Energy – commonly known as RISE – which evaluate 111 countries on the quality of their policies and regulations for energy access, renewable energy and energy efficiency.

The maps are available at

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