Energy is a central component of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), explicitly reflected in SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy. However, the theme of energy cuts across multiple SDGs, demonstrating the interconnectivity of these global goals.

SDG 7's objective is to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all. Energy, in its various forms, is a vital driver of economic growth and is pivotal to nearly all aspects of development. Without a steady and reliable supply of energy, societies can hardly progress. However, millions of people around the world still lack access to modern and clean energy services. The emphasis on "affordable and clean" energy within this goal shows the need to transition from traditional energy sources, often characterized by high environmental costs, to more sustainable ones like wind, solar, and hydropower.

Energy's role is also significant in achieving other SDGs. For example, SDG 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure, emphasizes the need for sustainable and resilient infrastructure with increased resource-use efficiency and greater adoption of clean technologies. It is almost impossible to achieve this without a sustainable energy framework. Similarly, SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities, calls for making cities inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable, and one of its targets (11.6) directly refers to the environmental impact of cities, for which energy is a key factor.

Furthermore, energy is a crucial player in SDG 13: Climate Action. The energy sector represents the largest single source of global greenhouse gas emissions. Transitioning to a sustainable energy future, therefore, is critical for tackling climate change. Efforts to reduce emissions and promote clean energy sources are crucial to mitigate climate change and its impacts.

An investigation supporting SDGs 7 and 13, based in Ghana, into the possibility of using slaughterhouse wastes as a source of renewable energy through biogas technology. The researchers concluded that 'Ghana generates significant amount of slaughterhouse waste each year that can be processed using AD [anaerobic digestion] for energy and electricity production to supplement the country's electricity needs, while reducing GHG emissions'.
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ICIS, a RELX business, argues that because of unpredictable weather and environmental conditions, industry cannot run alone on electricity. Hydrogen could answer these problems and more, as it offers all the benefits of natural gas, like flexible power generation and ease of storage, but when burned it emits zero carbon. This article relates to SDG 7, Affordable and Clean Energy.
This article, related to SDG 7, Affordable and Clean Energy, analyses the factors influencing the global energy transition, it's impact on trading markets and business, and the new energy sources that we are transitioning into.
This Article supports SDG7 and 13 by proposing a new model to identify the most critical features of energy storage system technologies to enhance renewable energy integration and achieve New York State's climate goals from 2025 to 2040.
This article supports SDGs 9, 11, and 17 by illustrating the opportunity for the use of electric powered vehicles as an energy source during natural disaster events.
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What is renewable hydrogen and could it help lead the way towards reaching SDG 7, affordable and clean energy? ICIS, a RELX business, dives into the background and implications of the Delegated Act (DA), which outlines the minimum shares of renewable energy in the transport sector and sets out the conditions a hydrogen producer would need to meet in order for their hydrogen to be consider renewable (green) hydrogen.
This chapter advances UN SDG goal 7 by discussing the role of nanosized metal catalysts in CO2 reduction in fuels

Solar Energy Harvesting, Conversion, and Storage: Materials, Technologies, and Applications, Volume , 1 January 2023

This chapter advances UN SDG goals 7 and 13 by providing an overview of solar energy harvesting technologies, energy storage technologies and the role of advanced nanomaterials in solar energy; exploring applications of the technology in the fields of agriculture, aquaculture, desalination, and transport; and discussing the current policies, strategies, and socio-economic analysis and challenges in the field.

Deployment of Carbon Capture and Storage: Insights, Case Studies, and Key Learnings, Volume , 1 January 2023

This chapter advances UN SDG goal 12 and 13 by presenting an overview of CCS technologies and how they support the reduction of carbon emissions.
This chapter advances UN SDG goals 7 and 13 by providing an important guide to electronic materials for energy technologies and their sustainable synthesis, fabrication, and large-scale production.