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[Published: Tuesday May 28 2013]

VIENNA, 28 May .-(ANA) - About 1.2 billion people – almost the population of India – do not have access to electricity, 2.8 billion have to rely on wood or other
biomass to cook and heat their homes, renewable energy accounts for 18 per cent of the global energy mix, and the largest energy savings and greatest expansion of renewables happened in China.

These are just some of the findings of a unique new report by a multi-agency team led by the World Bank. The report, compiled by experts from 15 agencies, is the first of a series to monitor progress towards the three objectives of the Sustainable Energy for All initiative, launched in 2011 by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. The initiative, whose advisory board is co-chaired by World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim, is mobilizing a global coalition of governments, private sector and civil society to achieve, by 2030, its three objectives of universal access, doubled renewables and doubled energy efficiency improvement. -(ANA)

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