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According to the World Bank, nations are succeeding in bringing power to more people, however, those efforts have barely kept pace with population growth over the past two decades. At Business Connect, we want to change the statistics:
- Over 1 billion people still live without access to electricity, while 2.8 billion people rely on wood, crop waste, dung, and other biomass to cook and light their homes. Unless the world addresses the widespread problem of energy poverty, other efforts at economic development are likely to fall short.
- More than 95% of people living in energy poverty are either in sub-Saharan African or developing Asia and 84% are in rural areas.
- The main source of light for people living in the developing world is a dangerous and toxic kerosene lamp that often causes fires and severe respiratory and vision problems.
- About 3.5 million people each year die from indoor pollution caused by harmful smoke when cooking on wood and biomass cookstoves. Cookstove smoke is considered by some to be the largest environmental threat because it kills more than malaria (1.2 million) and HIV/AIDS (1.5 million) each year.
- Exposure to these toxic fumes is greatest among women and young children, who spend the most time near open fires or traditional cookstoves tending to the family meal, or schoolchildren who may study by the weak light of an open flame.
- Reliance on polluting, inefficient cookstoves and fuels leads to a wide variety of environmental problems. In many countries, much of the native forest cover has been stripped to support charcoal production and in others reliance on wood fuel for cooking can lead to increased pressures on local forests and natural resources.
- Analysis of country-level data shows that the greater the proportion of a country’s population that has access to electricity, the greater its gender equality—regardless of the proportion of its population living under $1.25 a day.