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Sustainable energy: key for Sub-saharan Africa

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Monday, 09 January 2012

Sustainable energy: key for Sub-saharan Africa

According to a recent article published by UNDP, almost 45% of the world’s population who lack access to energy live in Sub-Saharan Africa, that’s to say, over 585 million people.  Likewise, around 78% of those  living in Sub-Saharan Africa use  of traditional biomass for cooking and heating. UNDP stresses the importance for developing countries to have access to sustainable energy.
UNDP states that access to sustainable energy is crucial “for making societies more equitable and inclusive, and for encouraging green growth and sustainable development overall”. Additionally, it lists equity, inclusiveness, resilience, and sustainability as the guiding principles for efforts to achieve universal energy access.
As the International Energy Agency estimates that Sub-Saharan Africa will need high cumulative investments to achieve universal electricity access by 2030 and for clean fuels and devices for cooking and heating by 2030, UNDP highlights that Public funding alone will not be enough to cover the costs: “African countries need to be able to attract and access different sources of finance”.

Source: UNDP