Countries Are among Top Achievers on Sustainable Energy Progress
Manila – June 18, 2015
- Asian countries are making a vital contribution to achieving global
sustainable energy goals, a new World Bank report finds. But while the
region performs strongly on ensuring electricity access for people and
using more modern renewable energy, there is room for further improvement
on energy efficiency and access to clean, smoke-free cooking.
The report is the second
in a series that tracks the world’s progress toward the three goals of
the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiative—universal energy
access, doubling the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency and
doubling the share of renewable energy by 2030.
While the first edition
from 2013 measured progress between 1990 and 2010, this edition focuses on
the 2010-2012 period.
Asia accounted for about
60 percent of the global progress on energy access and clean energy
objectives during 2010-2012—according to the report titled “Progress
Toward Sustainable Energy: Global Tracking Framework
2015”—contributing well beyond its share of global population and
And while the global
population with access to clean, modern cooking fuels actually fell during
progress on reducing the energy intensity of its economies with a compound
annual growth rate of 1.3 percent annually—a commonly used measure of
energy efficiency—lagged behind the global average of 1.7 percent.
On a global basis, the
report found that 222 million people worldwide got access to electricity
between 2010 and 2012, still leaving 1.1 billion people without access to
energy. Meanwhile, 2.9 billion people are still using biomass fuels like
wood and dung. Most of this population is in rural areas of Sub-Saharan
Africa, South Asia, and eastern
Also, while the world
avoided using as much energy in 2012 as
Global consumption of
modern renewable energy accelerated by 4 percent per year between 2010 and
2012, but must be closer to 8 percent—two times the current rate—to
reach the SE4All renewable energy goal.
“We are heading in the
right direction to end energy poverty,” said Anita Marangoly George,
Senior Director of the World Bank’s Energy and Extractives Global
Practice, “but we are still far from the finish line. We will need to
work a lot harder especially to mobilize much larger investments in
renewable energy and energy efficiency. Leveraging public finance to
mobilize private capital is imperative in achieving these goals.”
The Sustainable Energy
for All Global Tracking Framework is produced jointly by the World
Bank’s Energy and Extractives Global Practice, the World Bank’s Energy
Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP), and the International Energy
Agency, and is supported by 20 other partner organizations and agencies.