About energy

Energy drives economies and sustains societies. The production and use of energy is also the single biggest contributor to global warming.

More than a billion people still lack access to electricity, while 3 billion rely on dirty fuels like charcoal and animal waste for cooking and heating. Our challenge is to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels to produce electricity and heat and power our transportation systems, while making reliable, clean and affordable energy available to everyone on the planet.

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People and partners

Our work on energy is led by the Energy and Climate Branch, which is based in Paris. The Nairobi-based Air Quality and Mobility Unit leads the transport work. All our work is carried out through public-private partnerships, often involving one or more of our collaborating centres.

Collaborating Centres