Sustainable Development Goal 7 on the access to affordable and clean energy (SDG7) has been at the center of last COP21 whose first practical outcome, outlined in the Paris Agreement, is to stimulate implementation of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCS) that will largely determine whether the world achieves the target of holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2 °C, and is put on a path toward a low-carbon, climate-resilient future. This is evident, for example, from the ambitious Africa Renewable Energy Initiative (AREI), an African-led plan to add 10,000 MW of additional renewable energy on the continent by 2020, that has secured over $10 billion in support from the international community at COP21. The seminar will put together different analyses on SDG7 conducted by FEEM researchers. One is a qualitative network analysis between SDG7 and the other Sustainable Development Goals, another is an analysis of some African Countries NDCs and on the best indicators for SDG7 in the region, another focuses on one of the targets underlying SDG7: the universal access to electricity, and another is based on a literature review on the impact of energy access policies on development, presents the results of a field experiment in Mali on the diffusion of improved cookstoves, and introduces two research proposals in Pakistan: the first on the impact of solar PV systems on small business performance in rural areas, and the second on a targeted communication campaign aiming at encouraging quality bill payments in urban areas.