Goal 7: Affordable and clean energy

Even prior to the current crisis, Yemen’s energy supply was limited with electricity grids losing about 30 per cent of their production capacity. Most of the population and basic service institutions have been without electricity for more than four years and some have resorted to using contaminated diesel generators.  As energy needs grow, the gap between supply and demand continues to widen.

Ensuring universal access to affordable electricity by 2030 means investing in clean energy sources such as solar, wind and thermal.  In Yemen, solar energy is quickly being adopted and its potential is widely recognized as the country enjoys more than 300 days of sunlight each year.

More broadly, adopting cost-effective standards for a wider range of technologies could reduce global electricity consumption by buildings and industry by 14 per cent.  Expanding infrastructure and upgrading technology to provide clean energy in all developing countries is a goal that can both encourage economic growth and help the environment.

Facts and figures

1 in 7

One in 7 people still lacks electricity, and most of them live in rural areas of the developing world.


Energy is the main contributor to climate change, it produces around 60 percent of greenhouse gases.


More efficient energy standards could reduce building and industry electricity consumption by 14 percent.

3 billion

More than 40 percent of the world’s population—3 billion—rely on polluting and unhealthy fuels for cooking.


As of 2015, more than 20 percent of power was generated through renewable sources.

10.3 million

The renewable energy sector employed a record 10.3 million people in 2017.

  • By 2030, ensure universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services

  • By 2030, increase substantially the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix

  • By 2030, double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency

  • By 2030, enhance international cooperation to facilitate access to clean energy research and technology, including renewable energy, energy efficiency and advanced and cleaner fossil-fuel technology, and promote investment in energy infrastructure and clean energy technology

  • By 2030, expand infrastructure and upgrade technology for supplying modern and sustainable energy services for all in developing countries, in particular least developed countries, small island developing States, and land-locked developing countries, in accordance with their respective programmes of support
Goals in action
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Brochure: Waste to Energy

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