File photo shows a general view of solar panels used to produce renewable energy at the photovoltaic park in Cestas, France, December 1, 2015. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau
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The world is moving too slowly to meet targets to provide electric power and clean cooking to everyone on the planet by 2030, with progress on using less-polluting fuels in the kitchen especially poor, international agencies said Wednesday. The number of people living without access to electricity in 2016 was a billion, or 13 percent of the global population, with the vast majority in rural parts of sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, new data released by the World Bank, the United Nations and other organizations showed.Unless efforts to get power to hard-to-reach areas are ramped up, an estimated 674 million people – about 8 percent of the world's population – will still live without electricity in 2030, they said in a report.In 2016, 3 billion people – more than 40 percent of the world's population – did not have access to clean fuels and technologies for cooking.Progress on boosting use of renewable energy also is set to fall short of the 2030 target, the report said.
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