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Energy

ADB is working to increase access to reliable, affordable, low-carbon energy across Asia and the Pacific to reduce poverty and promote development.

  • Around 150 million people in Asia and the Pacific lack access to electricity, while many more cook using unhealthy, polluting fuels, stunting economic growth and social development
     

    Around 150 million people in Asia and the Pacific lack access to electricity, while many more cook using unhealthy, polluting fuels, stunting economic growth and social development.

  • Fossil fuels account for 75% of Asia's energy and the region accounts for more than half of global consumption.
     

    Fossil fuels account for 75% of Asia's energy and the region accounts for more than half of global consumption.

  • The adverse impact of climate change requires an urgent just transition to clean energy.
     

    The adverse impact of climate change requires an urgent just transition to clean energy.

  • Population without access to electricity

    Around 150 million people in Asia and the Pacific lack access to electricity.

  • Asia and the Pacific infrastructure needs, 2016-2030

    Climate adjusted investment in energy accounts for 56% of what the region needs up to 2030.

  • Share of greenhouse gas emissions

    Asia and the Pacific accounts for more than 50% of global CO2 emissions where more than half comes from electricity and heat.

ADB's focus on energy

ADB is working to improve access to reliable, affordable, low-carbon energy across Asia and the Pacific. Through its various financing instruments, ADB develops projects in renewable energy generation, electricity transmission and distribution, and energy utilities. Policy and governance reform has been central to ADB’s approach in the sector to enable markets, encourage private sector participation, and promote clean energy.

Given the enormous needs, ADB works with its developing member countries, development partners, and the private sector in creating a competitive market environment to ensure access to clean, affordable energy. ADB’s 2021 Energy Policy focuses the bank’s resources where they can make the biggest difference in terms of addressing energy access and security, climate change, and environmental sustainability.


Our Impact

Results delivered in 2021 from ADB projects.

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Renewable energy capacity installed

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Low-carbon infrastructure
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