Energy for Sustainable Development

Energy is the cornerstone of sustainable development. Demand for energy globally is rising and the Asia-Pacific region consumes more than half of global energy supply. However, over 325 million people across the region remain without electricity, and 1.98 billion people remain without access to clean cooking. Meeting rising energy demand and achieving universal access while ensuring energy sector development that is environmentally friendly, socially sound and economically feasible presents a significant challenge.

ESCAP’s mission on energy is to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all in Asia and the Pacific in line with SDG7 targets, and to enhance energy security and connectivity through regional cooperation

ESCAP provides platform for dialogue and knowledge sharing and implements programmes to foster the transition to a sustainable energy system by advancing energy access, renewable energy, and energy efficiency. ESCAP’s energy work falls into three categories:

Intergovernmental normative work:

Main knowledge and research work:

Technical assistance and capacity building:


Areas of work