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More than 1.4 billion people, a little under 20% of the world’s population, have no regular or secure access to electricity. The GoodPlanet Foundation is committed to 1) facilitating access to energy and 2) improving the energy performance of buildings

Solar thermal power plant in Sanlùcar la Mayor, near Seville, Andalusia, Spain © Yann Arthus-Bertrand - Altitude

Access to renewable energy

Almost half of the world’s population uses wood for fuel. In 2000, this consumption was responsible for 60% of wood harvested (source: OECD). Such consumption cannot fail to have an impact on the environment, as it results in substantial deforestation and has significant health repercussions. Each year, indoor air pollution is responsible for the deaths of 1.6 million women and children, i.e. 1 death every 20 seconds.

In addition, fossil energy represents a significant expense for households and its emissions contribute to climate change. In general terms, these energy sources eat heavily into a household’s finances and time. Difficulties accessing energy hinder population development.

The GoodPlanet Foundation supports projects replacing a non-renewable resource (kerosene, natural gas, “non-renewable” wood) with a renewable resource. This replacement is accompanied by a net reduction in greenhouse gas emissions (mainly carbon dioxide and/or methane), with a specific mechanism for each project.

These actions also enable a reduction in the GHG emissions associated with the consumption of fossil energy and in the deforestation caused by the need for firewood.