SolarPower for Poorest

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Up to 33 million people living in poverty in Africa & Asia will gain access to low-cost solar energy by 2016. The solar energy provider, ToughStuff, will expand access to low-cost, durable solar panels and solar battery packs to low-income communities in 10 African countries (Burundi, Côte d'Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, South Sudan, Zambia and Zimbabwe) and four South Asian countries (Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Nepal). Initiative is part of Business Call to Action (Bcta), a global program supported by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) that encourages private sector efforts to develop inclusive business models that can have both commercial success and a positive impact in development. ToughStuff estimates that some $520 million will be saved by consumers by switching from kerosene or biomass fuel to solar energy. In addition, carbon emissions will be reduced by up to 1.2 million tons by 2016. To provide its services, the company will rely on a network of village-level entrepreneurs that are provided with training on how to sell, rent, or provide access to affordable energy services. “Companies like ToughStuff invest in communities by providing cleaner, healthier energy options through core business operations. This commitment will help to boost development and improve social equity in a sustainable way that is good for the environment and good for business,” according to Susan Chaffin, programme manager for BCtA. Nearly half the world’s population lacks reliable access to modern energy services and more than 20 per cent of the global population – 1.4 billion people – remains without access to electricity. According to a recent UNDP report, household air pollution from the use of biomass fuel is expected to cause more than 1.5 million deaths a year by 2030. Link to BCtA & ToughStuff Statement - www.businesscalltoaction.org/news-highlights/2012/02/up-to-33-million-in-africa-and-asia-to-receive-access-to-solar-energy/ Link to BCtA - www.businesscalltoaction.org/ By Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey – Follow @MuhamedSacirbey Facebook = Become a Fan at “Diplomatically Incorrect” Twitter – Follow us at DiplomaticallyX “Ecology-Diplomat” Channel - diplomaticallyincorrect.org/c/ecology-diplomat


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"Voice of the Global Citizen"- Diplomatically Incorrect (diplomaticallyincorrect.org) provide film and written reports on issues reflecting diplomatic discourse and the global citizen. Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey (@MuhamedSacirbey) is former Foreign Minister Ambassador of Bosnia & Herzegovina at the United Nations. "Mo" is also signatory of the Rome Conference/Treaty establishing the International…

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