UK provides help for women to access clean energy

Access to modern energy services is fundamental to human development and an investment in our collective future.

The Department for International Development is to help fund new research that will provide girls and women with clean sources of energy. Around 1.3 billion people globally lack access to electricity and 2.6 billion rely on firewood for cooking and heating. Every year at least 2 million people die from burning solid fuels indoors in unventilated kitchens, the majority women and children.

Speaking at a meeting of the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative (SE4ALL) in New York, International Development Minister Lynne Featherstone said: "Girls and women suffer most from a lack of access to reliable and efficient energy sources. In Africa, women can spend four hours per day collecting firewood, time when they are vulnerable to violence and that could be better spent learning or working, while 60% of adult deaths from indoor air pollution are also women.

"Sustainable energy is essential not only for alleviating poverty, expanding opportunity and driving economic growth it also provides a safer environment for families to live in."

DFID will provide:

  • £4.5 million to the ENERGIA International Network on Gender and Sustainable Energy, for research on clean energy access for girls and women
  • £7 million to the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves to help them meet the target of 100 million clean cookstoves by 2020. Lynne Featherstone will also join Hillary Clinton on the Alliance’s Leadership Council.

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SE4ALL was set up in September 2011 to ensure universal access to modern energy services; double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency; and, to double the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.

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