Last year for the first time the number of people in the world without access to electricity fell below one billion.
This is one of the most significant pieces of information to emerge from the World Energy Outlook 2018 by the International Energy Agency (IEA), which was given its official presentation in London on 13 November.
The report’s Italian launch is scheduled for 6 December at the Enel Auditorium in Rome, and will see the participation of Fatih Birol, Executive Director of the IEA, who will present the study’s most striking findings. Enel Chairman Patrizia Grieco and CEO and General Manager Francesco Starace will also be taking part.
This year the WEO is placing special emphasis on electricity. According to the study, demand for electricity is set to grow at double the pace of overall energy demand. The WEO said that in 2017 over 120 million people worldwide gained access to electricity for the first time, but there is still a great deal to be done in order to reach the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) number 7 (“Affordable and Clean Energy”), as 600 million people in sub-Saharan Africa and 350 million in Asia are still without electricity.