SOLAR READING LAMP
In West Africa 76% of the population lacks access to electricity and spends up to 20% of the household budget on kerosene for lighting.
“Replacing the world’s 670 million kerosene lamps with cleaner, safer solar-powered lighting represents a major opportunity to deliver across multiple fronts,”
UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner.
- cuts in global carbon emissions;
- reduction in health risks from indoor air pollution;
- support for green technologies and generation of green jobs.
Globally, UNEP says over 1.3 billion people live without access to electric light, while 25 billion litres of kerosene are used annually to fuel the world’s kerosene lamps, costing US$23 billion each year.
“Thousands of women are dying every year because of the use of firewood and kerosene, and the smoke and hardship they go through,”See more