SDG 7: AFFORDABLE AND CLEAN ENERGY
‘Energy can neither be created nor destroyed’. This is the law of conservation of energy; arguably one of the most revered laws of science. Determined to transform our world, the UN has also incorporated energy at the heart of its Sustainable Development Goals as SDG 7: AFFORDABLE AND CLEAN ENERGY.
SDG 7: What does it mean?
In a nutshell, SDG 7 aims to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all. And by energy, it primarily refers to electricity. Under SDG 7, by 2030 the UN targets to:
Why is SDG 7 important to the world?
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All sectors of modern life; be it business, medicine, education, agriculture, communications and technology, rely on a well-established energy system to prosper. A lack of access to an energy infrastructure hinders human and economic development. Universal access to electricity would provide new opportunities, empower communities, and alleviate global issues such as hunger and poverty.
Why is SDG7 important to Seychelles?
Large investment in Seychelles’ electricity infrastructure, means that 99% of the time on a 24/7 basis, our population enjoys a reliable and constant supply of electricity. So, why would SDG 7 be relevant to us? Simple. Energy produced from fossil fuels is the dominant contributor to climate change, accounting for around 60% of total global greenhouse gas emissions. With a growing world population, energy consumption is unlikely to reduce. Climate change effects such as rising sea levels, coral bleaching, prolonged drought, are already having a detrimental impact on our livelihood and economy. SDG 7 is important to Seychelles as it encourages global investment in cleaner and more energy efficient technology. It leads towards the reduction in price and improvement in efficiency of renewable energy technology transforming it into a more economically viable investment for individuals, business and governments.
What actions are being taken in Seychelles towards this SDG?
At present, Seychelles is almost entirely dependent on fossil fuels to power the country. Aside from the moral obligation, it is imperative that we diversify our energy sources through renewable energy to reduce our heavy reliance on fossil fuels for our own energy security. The national target is to generate at least 15% of Seychelles total energy demand using renewable energy by 2030.
A multitude of projects are being implemented nationally to attain a sustainable energy system. A few of these projects are highlighted below.
What can you do to help?
(Contributed by Kalsey Belle)