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Goal 7

UN Sustainable Development 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 land-locked developing countries, in accordance with their respective programmes of support


Background Knowledge

Despite progress towards sustainable energy, it's not happening quickly enough. At the current pace, around 660 million people will still lack electricity, and nearly 2 billion will rely on polluting fuels for cooking by 2030. Energy consumption, responsible for 60% of global greenhouse gas emissions, is a major contributor to climate change. While access to electricity has increased from 87% to 91% from 2015 to 2021, achieving universal access by 2030 requires investment in clean sources like solar and wind. Expanding clean energy infrastructure in developing countries is vital for growth and environmental benefit.

Problem 1: 660 million people don’t have access to electricity with 80% of them being in Sub-Saharan Africa

Problem 2: From 2015-2020, energy efficiency was only 1.4%. Going into 2020-2030, energy efficiency must increase by more than double to 3.4%

Problem 3: International public financing for clean energy for developing countries continues to decline

Problem 4: Modern renewables power 30% of electricity but is much lower in heating(10.4%) and transportation(4%)

The Challenge

For this challenge you must innovate a product, service, company, etc. that will help the UN achieve sustainable development goal 7.


Your solution must answer to at least one of the following goals: 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 7.A, 7.B. The rest is up to you, you have all the creative liberty!

(Tips: make sure you innovation doesn’t already exist; make sure your innovation is realistic; be prepared to explain how your design helps and how you will go about creating it)

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