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Developing Countries Emerging as Sustainable Energy Leaders, but Sub-Saharan Africa Lags

A number of developing countries have been identified as leaders in sustainable energy, according to a new analysis by the World Bank, but there is nevertheless still tremendous room for improvement across the globe, and especially in Sub-Saharan Africa, which currently ranks as the least electrified continent on the planet.

These are the key findings from a new report published by the World Bank, entitled RISE (Regulatory Indicators for Sustainable Energy), which is a product of the Sustainable Energy for ALL (SEforALL) initiative’s Knowledge Hub, itself a product of the commitment made by nations to Sustainable Development Goal 7 (one of 17 by 2030) — “Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.”

Sub-Saharan Africa remains well behind the curve. The region remains the world’s least electrified continent, with 600 million people living without any access to electricity. The report found as many as 40% of Sub-Saharan African countries have taken barely any of the policy measures necessary to accelerate energy access, compared to less than 10% of Asian countries.

Warren Rohner

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