At a glance

Energy Access in Congo is progressing steadily, with electricity access doubling since 2000 and reaching over 41%  in 2012 and access to non-solid fuels also increasing up to 25%.

 Congo is well endowed in energy resources that might fully sustain universal energy access up to 2030. It has considerable hydro and biomass resources and solar irradiation. Congo is an oil exporter country and has also associated natural gas resources. Despite this, the energy sector faces numerous challenges. Electricity in Congo is expensive and often not reliable and represent an important barrier to the economic and social development of the country. The network is limited and obsolete, as well as some of the generation plants, and rural customers have extremely limited access to both electricity and clean cooking solutions.

The country participates to the SEforALL initiative and prepared a National Report to inform the redaction of the ECCAS-CEMAC white book on regional policy for the access to energy services, integrating renewable energies and energy efficiency.  


SEforALL Action Agenda Objectives2030
Electricity Access, nationaln.a.
Access to clean cooking, national n.a.
Renewable Energy Outputn.a.
Renewable Energy Consumptionn.a.
Energy Efficiencyn.a.
Country Action DocumentsStatus
Rapid Assessmentn.a.
Action Agenda n.a.
Investment Prospectusn.a.

Country statistics

Access to electricity (% of population)38.9%41.6%43.2%56.6%
Urban (% of urban population)54.8%58.9%60.8%22.6%
Rural (% of rural population)11.5%11.7%10.4%74.2%
Access to clean fuels and technologies for cooking (% of population)15.7%16.7%17.6%24.1%
Population, total4.1 Million4.3 Million4.5 Million5.1 Million
Renewable energy consumption (% of total final energy consumption)55.1%65.5%62.4%-
Renewable electricity output (% of total electricity output)54.7%58.1%54.7%-
Electric power consumption (kWh per capita)147.3225.8213.3-