RISE is a tool for policymakers to compare national policy frameworks for sustainable energy and identify opportunities to attract investment. RISE assesses countries’ policy support for each of the three pillars of sustainable energy – access to modern energy, energy efficiency, and renewable energy. With 27 indicators covering 133 economies and representing 97% of the world population, RISE provides a reference point to help policymakers benchmark their sector policy framework against those of regional and global peers, and a powerful tool to help develop policies that advance sustainable energy goals.

Data in RISE 2018 are current as of December 31, 2017. Country profiles for 133 economies are available in the key sections.

RISE 2018 shows significant improvement in sustainable energy policies globally: the number of countries with advanced policy frameworks for sustainable energy has more than tripled over the past eight years. A significant share of the global population and global energy consumption are covered by policies for sustainable energy.

Nevertheless, the world as a whole is only about half way towards the adoption of advanced policy frameworks for sustainable energy. This slow pace of policy adoption threatens the achievement of the SDG7 goals by 2030 as well as the Paris Agreement climate goals.

Clean energy policies show a strong focus on electricity, but heating and transportation sectors are often overlooked by policymakers. In low-access countries, policymakers are increasingly turning their attention to enabling off-grid solutions for electrification. 

There is some evidence that policymakers are beginning to take more notice of the clean cooking agenda, but much remains to be done. Poor creditworthiness of utilities undermines the sustainable energy agenda. Good institutions and enforcement are also necessary elements to achieve sustainable energy results.

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