SDG 7: affordable and clean energy
Across the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the greatest progress made in the Asia-Pacific region has been towards Goal 7. There has been considerable success in providing electricity access to urban and rural populations. South and South-West Asia performed exceptionally on electricity access, which helped accelerate progress on SDG 7. There has also been increased international financial support flowing to developing countries for research and development on clean energy, renewable energy production and the electrification of transport. Nevertheless, renewable energy as a share of total energy consumption in the region declined and has remained relatively static. While the region has made significant progress on affordable and clean energy, the pace has been too slow to reach the 2030 goal.