Addressing sustainable energy access in the Sahel

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Sustainable Energy for All (SEforAll) will partner to unlock public and private investment towards affordable and sustainable energy access for all in Africa, especially in the Sahel.

The UN assistant-secretary general/UNDP assistant administration/regional bureau for Africa director Ahunna Eziakonwa and Damilola Ogunbiyi, CEO and special representative of the UN secretary general for Sustainable Energy for All and co-chair of UN Energy, sign a memorandum of understanding at the UN headquarters in New York.

“Our vision for this partnership is to continue to promote and support bolder energy transition initiatives for the region and to demonstrate the viability of longer-term programmes and investment readiness in the Sahel that will ultimately benefit millions of people in the region who currently do not have access to electricity and clean cooking solutions,” said Ogunbiyi.

More than 53% of people in sub-Saharan Africa, around 570 million, do not have access to electricity, says the World Bank. In the Sahel – the geographic region between the Sahara to the north and the Sudan Savannah to the south – more than 51% of the people (around 175 million) do not yet have access to electricity. Of that, around 80% (around 271 million) do not have access to clean cooking methods.

Limited and unpredictable power supplies combined with high electricity costs constrain the development of businesses and economic activities in the area. Fossil fuels and traditional biomass such as charcoal, wood and coal remain the main energy sources, creating sever consequences on environmental and human health.

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Source: EsiAfrica

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