Policymakers across Asia and the Pacific have acknowledged that electricity is fundamental to socioeconomic development. In 2017, the electrification rate for the total regional population reached 94.8 per cent, up from 87.2 per cent in 2010. The Asia-Pacific region has made modest progress in expanding access to clean fuels and technologies for cooking.
In the face of the world’s fastest rising energy demand and shifting consumption patterns, the renewable share of total final energy consumption in Asia and the Pacific slumped from 16.4 per cent in 2010 to 16.0 per cent in 2016.
The region has demonstrated notable progress in improving its energy efficiency indicators, however large and sustained improvements, in both supply- and demand-side energy efficiency are still needed to meet the Sustainable Development Goal 7 energy intensity targets.
Find out more on the Asia Pacific SDG Gateway.