Renewable energy: Dutch development results

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs has provided an overview of the results achieved by the Netherlands in the field of development cooperation since 2015. What are the results regarding renewable energy (SDG 7)?

Renewable energy in developing countries

One billion people in developing countries do not yet have access to electricity. Another three billion people cook in traditional, polluting ways, causing harm to the environment and their health. The Netherlands is therefore investing in access to renewable energy, especially for the poorest and most vulnerable, specifically women. One of the goals of the Dutch development policy is to offer 50 million people with renewable energy between 2015 and 2030. The program is on track to reach the goals. Since 2015, 7.2 million people have been reached with solar energy, biogas and better cooking appliances, of which 2.6 million people between September 2017-2018.

GET.Invest: access to finance for renewable energy

One of the programmes that contributes to the results is GET.invest. Supported by the Netherlands and four other European donors, GET.invest mobilises investments in decentralised renewable energy projects. When starting a new renewable energy business in Africa, many entrepreneurs run into challenges that inhibit their project from materializing. GET.invest therefore supports private sector business and project developers, financiers and regulators in building sustainable energy markets.

In the past 3 years, Partners for Innovation has assisted over 90 project developers with their renewable energy project on behalf of GET.invest. In doing so, a variety of technologies and business models are being covered, including grid-connected hydro and waste-to-energy plants as well as standalone solar home systems and cookstoves.

Read more about the Dutch results, including those of other SDGs.