the world faces a new challenge, a comprehensive and collaborative response is
necessary to help mitigate the effects of COVID-19 on people’s livelihoods.
Renewable energy solutions could be a key part of the solution, helping
low-income countries prepare, respond and recover from the crisis.
for households and health centres is critical in fighting COVID-19, yet in
underserved regions, electricity is unreliable or non-existent. In sub-Saharan
Africa, 570 million people do not have electricity, and one in four clinics do
not have energy .
energy can provide safe, affordable and reliable solutions for essential
services, such as healthcare, water and food supply, around the clock:
· Renewable energy can address some of the health risks
that make low-income communities more vulnerable to respiratory diseases. As
nearly half the world relies on polluting fuels and inefficient stoves for
cooking, using clean fuels and energy-efficient stoves can protect these people
in their own homes. Initiatives such as the Myanmar
Stoves Campaign and Colorado
State University project are already addressing this need in thousands of
· It can ensure food security, enabling food cold chains
and powering water pumps, providing reliable access to clean water, which is
the mission of the TRANSFORM-supported project Sunlight
· Access to energy can enable social distancing, as it can
power technology and devices that enable people to receive information, stay in
touch with one another and engage in online education.
· It serves as fuel for economic recovery. There are
over 11 million people worldwide employed in the renewables sector, a number
set to rise to 42 million by 2050 . It also boosts local
economies, with off-grid energy systems helping small businesses thrive and
offering potential sources for additional income.
to the World Economic Forum, a ‘green stimulus’ could accelerate the energy
transition and boost the economy in the aftermath of COVID-19 . Policymakers have an
opportunity to make an intentional clean energy transition, helping mitigate
climate change, improve society and help fulfil the targets of the Sustainable
Development Goals (SDGs).
example, IRENA (International Renewable Energy Agency) has launched a Coalition
for Action, calling on governments at all levels to leverage the
progress achieved with renewable energy and stay focused on the efforts needed
to accomplish the targets of global climate and sustainability.
already been recognised with an award
of excellence for its efforts in SDG 7: Affordable and Clean
Energy, TRANSFORM supports impactful projects that provide safe, reliable
energy to low-income households.
with one of TRANSFORM’s
pillars, Energy & Environment, Ubuntu
Power, ENVenture, d.light, D2D
Pro and Digital Agents for Energy+ are some examples of businesses that are meeting the
energy needs of the Base of the Pyramid.