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Measuring what matters in the Energy SDG



The discussions on new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have recognised that access to sustainable energy is crucial for many areas of development, as well as for addressing climate change. Proposed SDG 7 aims to “ensure access to affordable, sustainable, reliable, and modern energy services for all”, with targets on universal access to energy, increasing the share of renewables in the global energy mix and doubling the annual rate of improvement in energy intensity. This briefing discusses how the energy targets must be sufficiently ambitious to bring about meaningful change and require indicators that “measure what matters” and track progress through clear milestones. It discusses whether the indicators currently under discussion are fit for purpose and suggests changes to ensure they can deliver real change on the ground.

This is a joint policy brief by the Alliance of CSOs for Clean Energy Access (ACCESS)”, of which IIED is a founding member.

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