The Global Goals for Sustainable Development

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Promoting energy-saving stoves dramatically reduces the amount of wood needed for everyday uses, such as heating water and cooking. Energy-saving stoves appeal to women because they reduce the amount of time spent looking for firewood, decreases the amount of smoke in the household affecting their eyes and lungs and, unlike the three-stone fireplace which requires constant attention and poses a danger to toddlers, a pot can be left on an energy-saving stove while they tend to other activities.

Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy

Between 1990 and 2010, the number of people with access to electricity has increased by 1.7 billion, and as the global population continues to rise so will the demand for cheap energy. A global economy reliant on fossil fuels, and the increase of greenhouse gas emissions is creating drastic changes to our climate system. This is impacting every continent.

Efforts to encourage clean energy has resulted in more than 20 percent of global power being generated by renewable sources as of 2011. But still one in five people lack access to electricity, and as the demand continues to rise there needs to be a substantial increase in the production of renewable energy across the world.

Ensuring universal access to affordable electricity by 2030 means investing in clean energy sources such as solar, wind and thermal. Adopting cost-effective standards for a wider range of technologies could also reduce the global electricity consumption by buildings and industry by 14 percent. This means avoiding roughly 1,300 mid-size power plants. Expanding infrastructure and upgrading technology to provide clean energy in all developing countries is a crucial goal that can both encourage growth and help the environment.