Sustainable Development Goals were adopted in the UN Sustainable Development Summit, 2015 by all member countries of the United Nations. Countries agreed upon The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, known as ‘Transforming Our World’, which is a shared blueprint for the development and prosperity of people and the planet. It comprises 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which are to be achieved by all countries by 2030. These goals provide a holistic approach to move towards sustainable development covering poverty alleviation, health, education, growth, clean energy, and other areas. Certain targets and indicators have been agreed upon to quantify the progress towards these goals.
The need for access to clean energy has been inculcated in Goal 7, i.e., ‘to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all’. The objective of this Research Brief is to analyze the relevance of this goal in the Indian context and to examine the progress made by us against the targets and indicators thereof. We have also suggested ways to accelerate the progress towards achieving this goal.