Clean, affordable & sustainable digitalisation

Target 7.A By 2030, enhance international cooperation to facilitate access to clean energy research and technology, including renewable energy, energy efficiency and advanced and cleaner fossil-fuel technology, and promote investment in energy infrastructure and clean energy technology

Digitalisation stands as a cornerstone in propelling Sustainable Development Goal 7 towards fruition by revolutionising energy access, distribution, and sustainability. Leveraging digital tools, we capture and analyse critical data encompassing energy consumption, production, and distribution patterns. This data empowers policymakers to make informed decisions, strategically allocating resources and devising effective energy strategies that align with local needs and global sustainability goals.

The implementation of smart grids and metering systems elevates the efficiency and reliability of energy distribution networks, optimising resource usage. The adaptability of renewable energy sources, such as solar panels, allows for customised deployment, catering precisely to diverse community energy demands. With digital mapping and sharing of energy production locations, these solutions become not just accessible but adaptable, empowering communities to embrace sustainable practices

Moreover, novel approaches like mini-grids, portable solar solutions, and community-driven energy projects find robust support and scalability through digital platforms. This not only fosters entrepreneurship but also cultivates active community engagement, fostering a sense of ownership towards sustainable energy practices.

In developing nations, the transition to electrification seamlessly integrates with the adoption of sustainable energy managed digitally, ensuring an efficient, equitable, and environmentally conscious electrification process. This convergence serves as a beacon of hope, promising a brighter, cleaner, and more accessible energy future for all.

How SPIDER ensures invlusive digitalisation

SPIDER’s secret to success is ensuring that everyone is onboard. This means that the communities where change takes place are the drivers of change, it means that the users of technology get to have a say. It also means that evidence and needs are constantly informing our path to development.


Explore SPIDER’s work for the Sustainable Development Goals

Gender Equality and Equity

SPIDER works with gender equity throughout all its projects in minor or major ways. An intesectional lense is applied.

ICT Policy is essential for digital solitions

It is not enough to have access to digital services and infrastructure, consumer rights are at the heart of digital service provision that is inclusive.

Digital for monitoring environmental change

It is argued that climate change affects the poor more than the rich, so how can we monitor and react to change this?


Increased digitialisation is likely to demand more from electricity grids but it is also essential for making strides towards energy efficiency. SPIDER would love to collaborate with funders and organisations that want to take steps towards realising SDG7. 

How does digitalisation contribute to SDG7?

Digitalisation enhances energy efficiency, enables better management of resources, promotes renewable energy integration, and facilitates remote energy access, all crucial aspects for achieving SDG7.

What role does technology play in enhancing energy access and efficiency under SDG7?

Technology enables the development of smart grids, IoT (Internet of Things) devices for energy monitoring, efficient energy storage solutions, and remote access to energy services, thereby improving access and efficiency.

What are some examples of digital technologies being used to improve energy access and sustainability in developing countries?

Mobile payment systems, microgrids powered by renewable sources, and off-grid solar solutions are among the technologies aiding energy access and sustainability in developing regions.

What are the potential risks or downsides of relying heavily on digital solutions for energy access and sustainability?

Overreliance on digital systems can lead to cybersecurity threats, technological disparities among different regions or demographics, and environmental concerns related to e-waste generation.