Global Tracking Framework 2017 - Progress Toward Sustainable Energy


In Ouadiour Serrer, a steering committee manages a cereal bank that provides fortified porridge to mothers whose children have been identified as malnourished.

(Photo credit: Dominic Chavez)

In every area of sustainable energy, a number of countries are outperforming the world, despite slower than required progress overall to achieve global energy access, renewable energy and energy efficiency goals, a new report finds.

Entitled Global Tracking Framework 2017 – Progress Toward Sustainable Energy, the report points to the International Energy Agency’s projections to show that at the current rate of progress, only 91 percent of the world will have electricity access in 2030, while only 72 percent will have access to clean cooking. Improvements in energy intensity are also projected to fall short of the 2030 goal while the share of renewables will only reach 21 percent by that time.

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  • Residents in Balkh Province are benefiting from improved quality of healthcare provided in health facilities across the province.
  • Support from the System Enhancement for Health Action in Transition program has enabled health centers to provide a basic package of health services and essential hospital services, as well as modernize their equipment.
  • The support has also enabled the setting up of health posts that have raised health awareness and strengthened ties between the health centers and the community.

Energy is the cornerstone of economic growth. With access to modern, reliable and affordable energy, a child can study at night, small businesses can thrive, women can walk home under the safety of working streetlights and hospitals can function efficiently and save lives. That is why reaching Sustainable Energy for All’s (SEforALL) objectives of universal access to modern energy, doubling the rate of improvement of energy efficiency and doubling the share of renewable energy by 2030 is crucial.

“We need to continue to find new and innovative ways to reach the poor, and make the world secure and stable through development finance.”
Joe Stiglitz
Jim Yong Kim
President World Bank Group


  • In 2014, access to electricity globally climbed to 85.3 percent, up only slightly from 85.0 percent in 2012, representing a slowdown from previous years. This means that 1.06 billion people – about three times the population of the United States – still lived without access to electricity; despite the fact that 86 million people are newly getting electricity every year.
  • Access to electricity in Africa is not growing as rapidly as its population. But countries like Kenya, Malawi, Sudan, Uganda, and Zambia and Rwanda, in particular, increased their electrification by 2 to 4 percentage points annually in the 2012-2014 period.

Renewable energy:

  • Overall, progress was modest on this front, with the share of renewable energy in the world’s total final energy consumption increasing slightly from 17.9 percent in 2012 to 18.3 percent in 2014. While new power generation technologies such as wind and solar are growing rapidly – representing a third of the expansion in renewable energy consumption in 2012–2014 – they are growing from a very small base, accounting for only 4% of renewable energy consumption in 2012. The challenge is to increase reliance on renewable energy in the heat and transport sectors, which account for 80 percent of global energy consumption.
  • How rapidly the world’s 20 largest energy consumers meet demand with modern renewables is key to reaching this goal. In 2012-2014, only 13 of these countries succeeded in increasing their modern renewable energy share and only Italy and the United Kingdom increased their renewable energy share by more than 1 percentage point in that period.