Guest Post: Sustainable energy for all

Posted on December 15, 2011


This is the first of what we hope will be many “guest posts” – believe it or not, Monique actually approached us! (we felt very flattered!).

Monique is currently traveling across Asia-Pacific with Good Return to enable impoverished rural and urban families gain access to affordable, sustainable energy.

You can follow Monique: on her blog or on twitter: @moniquealfris 


Sustainable energy for all

I’ve been travelling across the Asia Pacific working with people in energy poverty so I was was pretty excited to hear the UN announce 2012 as the International Year of Sustainable Energy for All!

The initiative has three broad objectives including universal access to modern energy services by 2030. No mean feat, considering:

  • Almost 40% of the world’s population rely on traditional biomass for cooking and heating,
  • 20% have no access to electricity, and
  • Another 15% only have access to unreliable electricity networks. (And in the places I’ve visited, “unreliable” means “no power in the evenings when you need it.” So most households go back to what they know — kerosene and candles for light in the evenings.)

This is despite mobile phone penetration hitting 79% in developing countries.

Want to get involved?

May it truly be a year of sustainable energy for all!