For the following four years, a Mauritus-based company will provide access to low-cost solar energy for 33 million people in Africa and Asia. This is a part of a UN Development Programme (UNDP) backed Business Call to Action (BCtA) initiative to fight global poverty. Through this initiative, the UNDP is pushing the private sector to create business models that have a positive impact on development.
ToughStuff, the solar energy provider, will provide low income communities in Burundi, Côte d'Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, South Sudan, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, and Nepal with low-cost solar panels and solar battery packs. It is estimated, that $520 million will be saved by the switch from kerosene to solar energy. Furthermore, carbon emissions will be reduced up to 1.2 million tons by 2016.
Susan Chaffin, programme manager for BCtA has said this "commitment will help to boost development and improve social equity in a sustainable way that is good for the environment and good for business."
SOURCE:UN News Centre