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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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Foreword

Sustainable energy will play a central role in building a future based on sustainable development. Secure, clean and affordable energy is needed to address poverty, underpin economic growth and social development, while minimizing environmental pollution and mitigating climate change. The centrality of energy to economic progress, human welfare and environmental well-being is acknowledged by the 2030 Agenda, which includes a dedicated goal on sustainable energy incorporating targets for renewable energy, energy efficiency and energy access.

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