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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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Executive summary

The Asia-Pacific region comprises 58 economies, ranging from developed to least-developed, with a population of 4.3 billion, representing 60 per cent of the world total. Economies of the region produce approximately one third of the world’s gross domestic product (GDP) and consume more than half of the global energy supply. In 2014, Asia and the Pacific was responsible for 55 per cent of global emissions from fuel combustion, nearly two thirds of which were from coal. Eighty-three of the world’s top 100 polluted cities, as measured by PM2.5 levels, are found in the region.

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