Achieving Sustainable Energy for All in the Asia-Pacific
This report is based on the results of 18 country rapid assessments/gap analyses in the region. While the report emphasizes that energy access, energy efficiency and renewable energy are all high priorities for Asia-Pacific, achieving universal access represents the most immediate goal the biggest opportunity for achieving other goals. The analysis shows that for example access to electricity also enhances access to food, shelter, clothing, water, sanitation, medical care, education, and information.
Energy and development go hand in hand. Yet worldwide 1.3 billion people still do not have access to electricity and 2.7 billion people are dependent on solid fuels for household energy. More than 50% of the world’s population who do not have access to electricity live in the Asia-Pacific region, and 72% of people dependent on traditional fuels for cooking, such as wood or charcoal, are also found here. For example, more than 1 billion people each in India and China and 95% of the population in Afghanistan, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Timor-Lest are dependent on traditional fuels.