Sustainable Prosperity for Europe

Access to clean and efficient energy in developing countries: The need for EU action to implement SDG7

24 November 2017
Johannes Hügel (Research Associate, KAS) and Romain Pardo (Policy Analyst)



The implementation of the Sustainable Development Goal to “ensure access to affordable, reliable and modern energy for all” (SDG7) is yet to become a reality in many developing countries. Despite improvements in energy efficiency and increased investments in renewable energy, these countries will need international support to achieve this goal. The EU, which has proven to be a reliable partner, has a key role to play in this endeavor and must further pursue its efforts to support developing countries in an effective way. To do so, the EU must:

  • continue to cooperate with developing countries to help them implement long-term decarbonisation plans;
  • place a particular emphasis on Sub-Saharan Africa and rural areas;
  • contribute to the mobilisation of various financial resources;
  • enhance different kind of partnerships, including the G20;
  • use the External Investment Plan to simultaneously achieve energy and climate objectives.
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