The International Energy Agency (IEA) has reiterated how essential energy is for development
The IEA’s World Energy Outlook, the go-to report for NGOs and energy professionals alike, made clear that you cannot have improve the lives of the world’s poor without 24/7 access to power.
“Energy access is pervasive to all aspects of human life” because it not only “fuels economic activity and boost productivity,” but also provides the necessary infrastructure vital for a happy and healthy life: from “eduction, water and sanitation”, to “more resilient settlements and infrastructure.”
The United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a set of specific targets to help the UN tackle poverty and ensure long-term prosperity. The IEA believes that you cannot meet these targets without “universal access to affordable, reliable and sustainable energy” whhich should remain at the heart of the strategy for global development.
Energy demand is expected to grow by 60 percent up to 2040, with 85 per cent of this growth coming from developing countries. If the world is serious about tackling global poverty, it needs to bring electricity to 1.1 billion people.