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

Access to Energy

Maintenance activities of energy infrastructure in Tonga.
Maintenance activities of energy infrastructure in Tonga. Photo: Eric Sales/ADB

Access to modern, cleaner energy is essential to sustainable human development. The majority of the world’s energy poor are living in Asia and the Pacific. More than 200 million people in the region have no electricity and about 1.7 billion people have no access to clean cooking.

Energy is crucial in achieving the SDGs, SDG7 in particular that seeks to “ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.” Access to energy helps alleviate poverty, improve health conditions, and ensure energy security. Sustainable energy for all anchored on clean energy also builds resilience against the adverse impact of climate change.

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Energy efficiency is emerging as one of the key options that can help nations in Asia and the Pacific meet the region's growing energy needs in a clean and effective way.

Regional Cooperation

Regional Cooperation

Regional cooperation can play a vital role in ensuring energy security in a sustainable manner. Subregional power trade can help meet energy demand, and maximize scarce natural resources.

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Policies, capabilities and institutions are just as important as transmission and distribution lines or solar parks.