UNDP Around the world

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Climate and
disaster resilience

Sustainable energy

Unsustainable patterns of energy production and consumption threaten not only human health and quality of life, but also deeply affect ecosystems and contribute to climate change. Sustainable energy, however, not only tackles these challenges head on, but is also an engine for poverty reduction, social progress, equity, enhanced resilience, economic growth, and environmental sustainability.

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Pakistan: Pankai, Pakistan had no access to electricity; residents used kerosene oil and candles. In 2012, UNDP provided solar panels through the Refugee Affected and Hosting Areas (RAHA) programme.
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India: Since 2009, the Government of India, UNDP and the GEF, have helped introduce energy efficient technologies, including LED lighting, solar panels, and energy monitoring systems to the Indian railroad system.
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Egypt: Biogas generators are constructed in Egypt. This allows communities to capitalize on the energy produced by biomass and avoid the use of fossil fuels.
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BiH: Solar panels are installed in Bosnia and Herzegovina to offer clean energy solutions for war-returnee families living in rural areas off the power grid.

UNDP’s work on energy corresponds to the main targets of SDG 7 on energy: ensure universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services; work with countries to make energy systems and usage more efficient; and work to increase the global share of renewable energy. UNDP’s work also includes a focus on sustainable cities and transport initiatives, with an emphasis on more integrated energy, mobility, land use, and waste management solutions. Through these efforts, countries are able to make progress against each and every one of the SDGs, while contributing to global climate action.

Four sub-sections:

  1. Energy Access
  2. Energy Efficiency
  3. Renewable Energy
  4. Sustainable Cities & Transport

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