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Asia-Pacific Progress in Sustainable Energy

A Global Tracking Framework 2017 Regional Assessment Report

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This report, developed by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific in cooperation Asian Development Bank, offers an evidence-based look at progress at the regional and country level, providing an overview of long-term trends since 1990, and focuses on progress achieved in the most recent period, 2012–2014. Furthermore, it examines the key drivers behind progress, as well as identifies major challenges to achieving energy access, efficiency, and renewable energy objectives. Evidence is drawn from the Global Tracking Framework (GTF) data, as well as other international sources to provide a comprehensive view of progress in light of regional and national contexts. A strong focus is also placed on examining national policy frameworks and offering case studies to illustrate national approaches to common challenges faced by countries advancing the sustainable energy agenda.

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Concluding remarks

Although the three pillars of sustainable energy, namely access, efficiency, and renewables, are presented separately in this report, they are inextricably intertwined, and as the Asia-Pacific region undergoes efforts to make progress towards sustainable energy, none of these areas can be advanced without consideration of the others. Ultimately, many of the themes for accelerating progress are common. As heard from many countries and institutions in numerous forums, affordability is a key barrier, and better financing options and more investment are needed to realize objectives related to sustainable energys. Furthermore, knowledge sharing and capacity building support efforts to identify common challenges and solutions.

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