7 - Affordable and Clean Energy

Innovation in sustainable, clean and affordable energy is one of the most visible topics where positive impacts are reported in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. However, according to the International Energy Agency's Tracking Clean Energy Progress (TCEP) most clean energy technologies are not in track to meet the objectives of the Paris Agreement. Among other enabling conditions, a better understanding on how to use effective innovation ecosystems could benefit a faster and timely innovation upscaling and deployment.

Notwithstanding, a great effort is visible worldwide with community and city level projects using affordable and clean energy innovation as a key component of a low carbon and more sustainable energy matrix. Examples of innovation in business models, for instance, in renewable energy cooperatives, have also caught the attention of investors, governments and the general public. 

In this module you find examples of reports, cases, videos and other materials that illustrate the contribution of innovation for SDG7 Affordable and Clean Energy. Click on the relevant section to find out more.

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  • Technology Innovation to Accelerate Energy Transitions (2019)


    Technology Innovation to Accelerate Energy Transitions (2019)

    Author: International Energy Agency
    Publication Date: 04 March 2020
  • Switching On Finance for Off-Grid Energy


    Switching On Finance for Off-Grid Energy

    Author: Bertha Centre: Tsakane Ngoepe, Tine Fisker Henriksen, Aunnie Patton Power, Barry Panulo and Bame Modungwa; WWF-SA: Louise Scholtz and Manisha Gulati
    Publication Date: 06 November 2018