Access to energy

economic dimension

Access to energy

Approximately 1.3 billion people still lack access to electricity and about 2.6 billion people still resort to traditional methods for cooking based on biomass.

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Energy and development are inseparable factors. Of all forms of exclusion, exclusion from the use of electricity is one of the most significant.

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The absence of reliable energy services limits income generating activities and hinders the provision of basic services such as health and education. Access to energy is vital for social development, economic prosperity, environmental sustainability and to achieve the Millennium Development Goals set by the United Nations.

Because it is a leading electrical supplier and because of its vocation of openness to the world, the EDP Group is committed to promoting access to Energy (A2E - Access to Energy) in developing countries, focusing on remote regions and rural areas with no connection to the electricity grid, and helping to break their cycle of poverty.

Taking sustainability as a priority, and with access to energy being one of the pillars of the principles of sustainable development of the group, EDP develops A2E programs which provide access to energy based on renewable energy solutions, mainly solar energy, so contributing to the social, economic and environmental development of the most deprived communities.

Projects Access to Energy (A2E)

In order to fulfill its commitment to Access to Energy, EDP Group has been developing several projects, with social and environmental value, that promote sustainable development of communities involved.

Kakuma

It is an unprecedented worldwide project, which was presented at the 5th Annual Conference of the Clinton Global Initiative held in New York in September 2009.

EDP has partnered with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (ACNUR) to bring renewable energy and sustainable environmental solutions to the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya, which, being in a remote area, is not served by the national electrical grid.

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EDP remains open to other projects and similar opportunities in this area, whether in Mozambique or in other parts of the world.

In 2014, as part of the "Clean Energy Mini-Grids" initiative of the UNEP (United Nations Environmental Program), EDP partnered with EDM (Electricidade de Moçambique - Electricity of Mozambique), FUNAE (Fundo para a Energia do Governo de Moçambique - Energy Fund of the Government of Mozambique) and SAN-JFS (Sociedade Algodoeira do Niassa do grupo João Ferreira - Niassa Cotton Company of the João Ferreira dos Santos Group) to develop decentralized clean energy solutions for isolated communities without energy access.

    Cabiri

    The challenge is to develop and test a new concept of Solar Village that can easily be replicated in other areas of the Angolan territory.

    In 2012, the construction of the Cabiri Solar Village, in Angola, began as part of a government program, contributing to poverty reduction and economic and social development efforts in the region, which will benefit approximately 3000 people.

    Other Projects

    Get to know other A2E projects, that allow access to energy, through renewable energy solutions, mostly solar, in order to contribute to social, economic and environmental development of communities.