Bangladesh is among those highest electricity-deficit countries that have made the most progress in adopting sustainable energy policies between 2017 and 2019.
The country has also made notable progress in ensuring its people's access to clean cooking since 2010.
RISE - Regulatory Indicators for Sustainable Energy - 2020, a new World Bank report charting global progress on energy policies, reveals this information.
RISE 2020 measures policy progress in 138 countries on renewable energy, energy efficiency, electricity access, and access to clean cooking – the four target areas of Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7), which calls for achieving access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all by 2030.
According to the report, nearly every country in the world saw advancements in sustainable energy policy between 2017 and 2019 but the most rapid improvements were in sub-Saharan Africa.
The report, however, says that globally policy progress overall is slower than in the past, particularly around renewable energy and energy efficiency.
The Covid-19 pandemic underscores the need for policies and regulations that mitigate the risk of global shocks while also boosting investments in resilient energy systems and encouraging behavioral changes, it observes.
"At the same time, improving sustainable energy policy supports higher employment, particularly around energy efficiency and distributed electrification."