Monday, 6 December 2010

Practical Action's new report highly relevant to Ashden winners

Practical Action’s inaugural Poor People's Energy Outlook - published today - discusses the energy poverty of more than 1.5 billion people in terms that are highly relevant to the Ashden Awards and Ashden winners. The report:

- highlights the inefficiency of countries having a national, grid-based energy plan/framework rather than thinking about decentralised power

- stresses that inefficient cookstoves waste time, money and damage health

- criticises the huge lack of information and access at community/local levels for affordable sustainable energy

- emphasises that energy access is a basic precondition for development

- outlines a ‘minimum standard’ of energy access for households worldwide.

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