Practical Action, an organisation working to improve the lives of those living in poverty in developing countries by the use of technology, have recently launched a new report. The Poor People’s Energy Outlook 2012: Energy for Earning a Living report is intended to be a “catalyst for a movement for change on energy access, and a source of information to support it.”
Practical Action report that while energy access is integral to escaping poverty, a third of the world’s population has no access to modern energy services. By 2030, if this situation doesn’t change, 900 million people will not have access to electricity, 3 billion people will still cook with traditional fuels, and more than 30 million people will have died due to smoke-related diseases.
Appropriately launched during the UN’s International Year of Sustainable Energy for All, the report supports the UN’s goal of achieving universal energy access by 2030. “Universal energy access,” the report’s authors say, “would create a step change in poverty reduction in the developing world and help billions out of the darkness and drudgery so many are forced to endure on a daily basis.”