The scope of challenge, and opportunity, in bringing power to those who have none, or very limited access is huge. It's great to see financial as well as technical innovation around smartgrids and decentralised energy solutions being instigated by powerful and well funded companies like these. Knowledge and education will be significantly improved by access to light and of course online learning and communication. We have clients like Fluidic very active in these markets.
The scope of the energy-access challenge is immense. The new 2017 Global Tracking Framework report, co-led by the IEA and World Bank, shows that while hundreds of millions of people gained access to clean cooking, electricity and renewable energy between 2012 and 2014, more than 1 billion people -- one of every seven people on the planet -- still live without access to power. The world is not on track to meeting the 2030 U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which include universal access to modern energy services, doubling energy-efficiency improvements and doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix. The International Renewable Energy Agency estimates off-grid solutions, such as microgrids, will supply 50 percent to 60 percent of the new generation needed to achieve the universal electricity access goal by 2030.