Address energy poverty, says UN official

A housewife in India cooking a meal on a biogas stove

There is a need to change the way energy is being generated and used in order to meet the needs of a growing population and the challenges of climate change, according to a senior UN official.

Scott Foster, the Director of the Sustainable Energy Division at the UN Economic Commission for Europe told reporters in Geneva on Wednesday that energy poverty must be addressed by states.

Mr. Foster said there are now 7 billion people in the world and the global population is expected to reach 9 billion by 2050.

"We have to be targeting provision of energy access, addressing energy poverty. The second thing that we absolutely have to do is to improve the energy intensity of the global economy by 40 per cent by 2030. That's what we can do. That's what we will do. That's what we are striving to do. The third one is to get 30 per cent of primary energy resources globally from renewable energy sources by 2030 or let's double the current share."

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