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Access to Energy: A Crucial Test for Our Planet's Future

Energy, a vital ingredient in all human activities, is still difficult or impossible to access in many regions of the world.
Energy, a vital ingredient in all human activities, is still difficult or impossible to access in many regions of the world. © ZYLBERMAN LAURENT - TOTAL

Energy, while widely available in the developed world, is still a scarce resource in emerging economies and Africa. It is time to move away from "aid" programs and focus on effectively managing development. This is the best bet for ensuring universal access to energy without slackening the pace in the fight against climate change.

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Water, food, healthcare and education are all fundamental human needs, but they cannot be met without access to one common denominator: energy. Unfortunately, access to this is sorely lacking in emerging economies and the least developed countries.

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Le « social business », un outil pour un meilleur accès à l’énergie

Access to energy for the disadvantaged, particularly those in rural areas, has been given a non-negligible boost thanks to a blend of the innovatory ideas of a Bangladeshi economist and the revolutionary technology in the photovoltaic (PV) solar lamp.

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Les pays émergents : un besoin croissant d’énergie

Emerging economies like China, India, Brazil and soon Africa have overtaken developed countries, generally referred to as "organization for economic co-operation and development (oecd)Founded in 1960, the OECD promotes policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world..." countries for their membership in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, in driving energy demand. Renewable energies account for an increasingly large share.

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