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.
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.