The 7th Sustainable Development Goal (SDG7) aims at ensuring universal access to affordable, reliable, and modern energy services and substantially increasing the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix by 2030.
According to the UN, energy accounts for around 60% of the total global greenhouse gas emissions, which makes it the main factor of climate change. More than 2.7 billion of people in the world still rely on wood, charcoal or animal waste for cooking and heating, and biomass-induced air pollution causes about 1.3 million deaths each year (mainly women and children). Additionally, about 1.2 billion people don’t have access to electricity, mainly in rural areas, and 600 million of them are concentrated in Africa.
We are determined to achieve SDG7 because access to affordable, reliable, and modern energy is an essential precondition for our partner countries’ sustainable development and economic prosperity. Our approach focuses mainly on helping these countries diversify their energy sources. Through leveraging investments in renewable energy, we help extend their access to energy while contributing to the global fight against climate change. Supporting sustainable energy therefore helps us act for the people and the planet, in accordance with our commitment to the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Guaranteeing universal access to sustainable energy services is fundamental for socioeconomic development and inclusive growth. There can be no sustainable development without universal access to affordable, reliable, and sustainable energy.
We cooperate at global and EU level to establish high nuclear safety standards and efficient safeguards, to protect the people and the planet from nuclear hazards.