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Ireland’s UN SDGs 2019 - Report on Indicators for Goal 7 Affordable and Clean Energy

The 17 UN SDGs are a set of global development targets adopted by the United Nations (UN) member countries in September 2015 to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all.  The UN SDGs are driving the global development agenda towards Agenda 2030.

The Sustainable Development Goals National Implementation Plan 2018-2020 is in direct response to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and provides a whole-of-government approach to implement the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. 

This Publication for 'Goal 7 Affordable and Clean Energy' has 6 SDG indicators which are divided into two main chapters: Affordable and Clean Energy; and Infrastructure.

Affordable and Clean Energy

SDG 7.1.1 Proportion of population with access to electricity is indicated by the number of households in the Census of Population 2016, compared to the number of households connected to the electricity supply.

SDG 7.1.2 Proportion of population with primary reliance on clean fuels and technology is reported by the CSO, the Census of Population from an Environment Perspective 2011 and 2016.

SDG 7.2.1 Renewable energy share in the total final energy consumption is reported by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).

SDG 7.3.1 Energy intensity measured in terms of primary energy and GDP is reported by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) who publish data for energy intensity.


SDG 7.a.1 International financial flows to developing countries in support of clean energy research and development and renewable energy production, including in hybrid systems - this data is provided by the Department of Foreign Affairs.

SDG 7.b.1 Investments in energy efficiency as a proportion of GDP and the amount of foreign direct investment in financial transfer for infrastructure and technology to sustainable development services - this data is provided by the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Additional Information

Ireland's Population Distribution

For reference the population per county is based on the Census of Population 2016 data as follows:

Table 6.1 - Population per County, Census 2016     
Limerick City and County194,899
Waterford City and County116,176
Source: CSO, Census of Population 2016

Eight Regional Authorities (NUTS3)

Border – Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Monaghan, Sligo

Midland – Laois, Longford, Offaly, Westmeath

West – Galway, Mayo, Roscommon

Dublin – Dublin City, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, Fingal, South Dublin

Mid-East – Kildare, Louth, Meath, Wicklow

Mid-West – Clare, Limerick, Tipperary

South-East – Carlow, Kilkenny, Waterford, Wexford

South-West – Cork, Kerry

Three Regions (NUTS2)

Northern & Western  - Border and West regions
Southern - Mid-West, South-East and South-West regions
Eastern & Midland - Dublin, Mid-East and Midland regions


DAFMDepartment of Agriculture, Food and the Marine   
DBEIDepartment of Business, Enterprise and Innovation 
DCYADepartment of Children and Youth Affairs
DECCDepartment of Environment, Climate and Communications 
DCHGDepartment of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht  
DEFENCEDepartment of Defence
DEDepartment of Education
DEASPDepartment of Employment Affairs and Social Protection
DFINDepartment of Finance  
DFATDepartment of Foreign Affairs and Trade  
DoHDepartment of Health 
DHPLGDepartment of Housing, Planning and Local Government  
DJEDepartment of Justice and Equality
OPWOffice of Public Works
DPERDepartment of Public Expenditure and Reform  
REVENUEDepartment of Revenue Commissioners  
DRCDDepartment of Rural and Community Development 
DTCAGSMDepartment of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media
DTDepartment of Transport

Tier Classification for Global UN SDG Indicators

All indicators data are classified by the IAEG-SDGs into three tiers based on their level of methodological development and the availability of data at the global level.

Tier Classification Criteria/Definitions:
Tier 1: Indicator is conceptually clear, has an internationally established methodology and standards are available, and data are regularly produced by countries for at least 50 per cent of countries and of the population in every region where the indicator is relevant.
Tier 2: Indicator is conceptually clear, has an internationally established methodology and standards are available, but data are not regularly produced by countries.
Tier 3: No internationally established methodology or standards are yet available for the indicator, but methodology/standards are being (or will be) developed or tested.

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