2018 SDG7 Tracking: The Energy Progress Report

As part of the SDG 7 Review process, the former Global Tracking Framework is being rebranded in 2018 as the SDG 7 Tracking Report. This renaming reflects the fact that the report is now fully aligned with the SDG 7 reporting structure and cycle, with future annual editions planned. In parallel, the governance framework of the report has been updated to reflect more prominently the role of the five Custodian Agencies—IEA, IRENA, UNSD, WB and WHO—while still retaining a broader advisory partnership. In that sense, it can be considered “a joint report of the Custodian Agencies,” with Custodian Agencies acting as lead (co-) authors for their respective indicators.

The remainder of the report is organized in a series of chapters that report on progress on each of the four SDG7 targets. All chapters are relatively brief and each follows a common structure, beginning by highlighting the main messages, then providing a pictorial summary of the emerging trends through a series of self-narrating charts, and concluding with a short text reflecting on policy implications of the findings. The final chapter takes stock of recent modeling work to shed light on the feasibility of achieving SDG7 targets by 2030.

The Energy Progress Report provides a global dashboard on progress towards Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7). The report is a joint effort of the International Energy Agency (IEA), the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), the World Bank, and the World Health Organization (WHO), which the United Nations (UN) has named as global custodian agencies, responsible for collecting and reporting on country-by-country energy indicators for reporting on SDG7. This report tracks global, regional and country progress on the four targets of SDG7: energy access (electricity, clean fuels and technologies for cooking), renewable energy and energy efficiency, based on statistical indicators endorsed by the UN. The report updates progress with the latest available data up to 2016 for energy access, and 2015 for clean energy, against a baseline year of 2010. A longer historical period back to 1990 is also provided by way of reference. The Energy Progress Report is a successor to the earlier Global Tracking Framework (published in 2013, 2015 and 2017), which was co-led by the IEA and World Bank under the auspices of the UN’s Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiative, and builds on the same methodological foundation.

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The technical co-leadership of the project by the Custodian Agencies was the responsibility of Laura Cozzi and Hannah Daly (IEA), Rabia Ferroukhi (IRENA), Ralf Becker (UNSD), Vivien Foster (World Bank), Heather Adair-Rohani (World Health Organization).

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