Energy from all renewable resources - aerothermal, bioenergy, geothermal, hydro, ocean, solar, wind - is local, clean, inexhaustible and free.
In 2012, more than half of total new electricity generating capacity came from renewables
By 2030, the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix will need to be 36%, up from 18% in 2010
Energy efficiency improves energy security, reduces greenhouse gas emissions and increases productivity.
In 1990-2010, improvements in energy efficiency have cut over 25 % from cumulative global energy demand
Not doubling the rate of improvement in energy efficiency will lead to 20% more energy-related CO2 emissions by 2035
Energy is at the heart of most critical economic, environmental and development issues facing the world today. Clean, efficient, affordable and reliable services are indispensable for global prosperity and can also lead to a sustainable future for all with multiple co-benefits for development, human health, environment and climate change.
The decisions we take today on how we produce, consume, and distribute energy will profoundly influence our ability to eradicate poverty, support development opportunities and respond effectively to climate change. Addressing these challenges is beyond the sole reach of governments, it will take the active engagement of all sectors of society including local communities, civil society and the private sector.
Access to sustainable energy improves lives and economic progress.
Globally, 1.3 billion people lack electricity and twice that number rely on traditional biomass or animal waste for cooking
By 2030, the rate of access to electricity and primary non-solid fuels will have to increase to 100%, from 83% and 59% in 2010