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Analyzing the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals at Gartner Data & Analytics Summit EMEA

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As part of the Gartner Data and Analytics Summit EMEA in London, UK, Gartner invited Microsoft to participate in their bake-off event. This year’s topic was the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, and we dug into data around access to electricity and CO2 emissions.

The bake-off has been running for a number of years – the participating vendors are given a dataset and a script of which capabilities Gartner want to see demonstrated. The sections are very short, typically 3-4 minutes each, and we’re challenged to demo against each other on stage! Earlier in the year, Gartner named Power BI a Leader in the 2022 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Analytics and Business Intelligence Platforms.

Here’s a video of the demos that we showed:

Some of the key insights we found:

  • Access to electricity has improved around the world in the last 20 years. At a global level the number of people without reliable access to electricity spiked in 2011. That year over 112 million people in India alone suddenly found themselves without a reliable power source.
  • Some countries have seen significant improvements – particularly in rural areas. Afghanistan has gone from 7% of the rural population having good access to electricity in 2005 to 97% in 2019.
  • There’s a high correlation between increasing access to electricity, GDP per capita, and CO2 emissions.
  • Developing nations see the highest correlation between decreasing CO2 emissions and decreases in fertility rates and increases in literacy. More developed countries see decreases in poverty ratio having the highest link to decreasing emissions.

We’re planning a webinar that will dive into how we built this report, and cover some of the features shown in more detail. Stay tuned to this blog for that coming at a later date!

You can explore the report yourself here: and download the PBIX file of the report from our Data Stories Gallery at