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Working towards clean, renewable energy access worldwide

More than a billion people in the world still don’t have electricity, let alone affordable, renewable energy. Securing access to sustainable energy is key to tackling poverty and climate change. While governments have agreed to aim for universal access to electricity by 2030, there's a long way to go, and we need your help.

The World Bank manages and invests huge amounts of taxpayers’ money in development projects, some of which are still fuelling climate change. We need the Bank to move all its money out of dirty fossil fuels and rapid scale up support  for affordable, renewable energy to reach and benefit the most vulnerable and remote communities.

 This would have a hugely positive impact on people currently living without access to modern energy and set a gold standard for other public and private banks to aspire to.

Join the global campaign

The Big Shift Global campaign demands that all people have access to sustainable and affordable renewable energy.  The World Bank should be contributing to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal of universal energy access for all by 2030. At the moment the World Bank is not doing enough to support this goal. 

The World Bank agrees that climate change is affecting the poorest people on the planet. Its goal is to end extreme poverty globally within a generation. To do this it must make the big shift out of fossil fuels and into sustainable energy access at a much faster pace, fulfilling its own promise to increase energy access financing fivefold.

We are calling on the World Bank to dedicate at least half of its annual energy sector budget to clearly defined energy access projects, and to prioritise distributed renewable energy sources to reach the poorest as fast as possible.

Take action

Email the President of the World Bank, Jim Yong Kim, and ask him to commit to scaling up the World Bank's support for clean energy access. By selecting your country of residence below, your email will also be sent to your regional World Bank Executive Director to double your impact.

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