IEA: Covid-19 stresses urgency for sustainable solutions

According to a report released by the IEA (International Energy Agency), on the progress of energy in the world, despite accelerated progress in the last decade, the world will not be able to guarantee universal access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy by 2030, unless efforts are significantly expanded. Acco

rding to the document, which sets a number of global targets before the start of the coronavirus outbreak, progress has been seen with a strong consumption of renewable energy for electricity generation and improvements in energy efficiency. However, with the Covid-19 crisis and other important elements off the rails, the situation has gone down

.” The Covid-19 pandemic highlighted the deep inequalities around the world in terms of access to modern, affordable and sustainable energy. Electricity has been a vital basis for responding to the public health emergency in many countries – but hundreds of millions of people around the world still do not have basic access to it, most of them in sub-Saharan Africa,” said Fatih Birol, director of the International Energy Agency.The

number of people without access to electricity fell from 1.2 billion in 2010 to 789 million in 2018 , however, under policies that were in place or planned before the start of the covid-19 crisis, it is estimated that 620 million people would not have access by 2030. Most, or 85%, of them in sub-Saharan Africa. 

Another factor is the need for an acceleration of renewable energies in all sectors. After strong progress in global energy efficiency between 2015 and 2016, the pace slowed. The improvement rate needs to accelerate dramatically, from 1.7% in 2017 to at least 3% in the coming years.

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