What exactly is this goal?: it is essential that everyone in the world can obtain enough energy to improve access to heating systems, lighting in schools and hospitals, communication, access to the Internet and work tools, all the issues that have a direct impact on development. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) states that to lead a decent life, the minimum daily consumption of electricity per person is 0.5 kWh. To date, one person in five has no access to electricity. Moreover, at present, the global economy depends heavily on fossil fuels, contributing to the increase of greenhouse gas emissions, the consequences of which have serious impacts in humanitarian, social and environmental terms. The SDG 7 aims to ensure universal access to sustainable, reliable, and modern sources of energy in order to improve the lives of millions of people. This goal promotes both the increased use of renewable energy to replace fossil fuels as well as energy efficiency, creating a fully sustainable economy, for the benefit of society and the environment.

Corporate role: the private sector plays a central role in achieving this goal, especially regarding the energy sector. Companies can invest in clean energy sources, such as solar, wind or thermal ones, focus on technologies that reduce electricity consumption in buildings and industries, and implement projects that help provide energy to disadvantaged communities. Further information

How to measure the corporate contribution some indicators to evaluate corporate actions include: the kWh of energy consumption in the organization; the total of investments in renewable energies; the kWh of energy consumption of buildings.

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