GOAL 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

  • 7.1 By 2030, ensure universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services
  • 7.2 By 2030, increase substantially the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix
  • 7.3 By 2030, double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency
  • 7.a 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
  • 7.b 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 landlocked developing countries, in accordance with their respective programmes of support

SDG Progress and Industry Notes


The 2018 Report of the Secretary-General on Progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals, notes that “Ensuring access to affordable, reliable and modern energy for all has come one step closer due to recent progress in increased access to electricity, particularly in LDCs, and improvements in industrial energy efficiency. However, national priorities and policy ambitions to deliver energy for all continue to be needed, to put the world on track to meet the energy targets for 2030.”

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Industry Notes

Leading apparel companies have long recognized the need for clean energy solutions and have been one of the sectors strongly supporting The Paris Agreement and other related national, state and industry initiatives. Companies have also promoted clean energy policies within their value chains and some have made some notable commitments to advance the themes underlying SDG 7.

According to Prakash Khude, Department of Textile Technology, Indian Institute of Technology (Delhi, India) “the textile industry accounts for about 4% of the final energy use in manufacturing in China [See Link] while this share is less than 2% in the US. The share of the total product cost expended on energy in the textile industry also varies by country.

See IIASA Working Paper (2017)  Khude P (2017) A Review on Energy Management in Textile Industry. Innov Ener Res 6: 169. Doi: 10.4172/2576-1463.1000169

A number of fashion brands and retailers have also made commitments to renewable energy.  RE100 is a collaborative, global initiative uniting companies committed to 100% renewable electricity.  RE100 is brought to you by The Climate Group in partnership with CDP. Both organizations are part of the We Mean Business coalition.  See Link 

Global & Industry Initiatives


Connecting the Sustainable Development Goals by their energy inter-linkages – McCollum, D., Gomez Echeverri, L., Busch, S., Pachauri, S., Parkinson, S., Rogelj, J., Krey, V., Riahi, K., Nilsson, M. & Stevance, A.-S. IIASA Working Paper (2017)  Khude P (2017)

A Review on Energy Management in Textile Industry.  – Innov Ener Res 6: 169. Doi: 10.4172/2576-1463.1000169 Data: World Bank 2017 SDG Atlas/Clean Energy

World Energy Council Data

UN DESA Statistics Div./SDG 7

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