/ Across Sub-Saharan Africa, 72% of hospitals lack access to reliable electricity; many rely on diesel generators, which are costly and highly polluting.

Diverse challenges need tailored solutions

At present, some 2.5 bln people still rely on traditional fuels (wood, dung and biomass) for cooking and heating. This makes tackling energy poverty in the kitchen the biggest challenge within Sustainable Development Goal No 7 (SDG7), universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services.

But other types of energy poverty persist. Lack of electricity is widespread across the poorest countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America, particularly in rural areas. Where villages have been electrified in recent decades, often the level of generation supports only very basic needs such as lighting and charging mobile phones. Without sufficient power for equipment and appliances, billions of people remain trapped in livelihoods that require manual labour for poor pay.

But many feel ill-equipped to make wise decisions because, as multiple studies show, most know relatively little about ‘the invisible force’ they rely on, every minute of every day. To deliver a just, clean energy transition, energy stakeholders must include citizens in the process.

Even in rich, modern economies, a large share of citizens may be classified as energy poor. While modern services are largely available, acquiring enough energy to support health and well-being may be unaffordable. Often, this reflects poor quality housing that requires excessive amounts of energy to achieve thermal comfort, whether warmth in winter or cooling in summer.

Recognising that different contexts require different solutions, EnAct believes different types of energy injustice warrant their own channels. Our existing and/or proposed websites aim to serve as news channels and growing resources of topic-specific content. Our pilot site, COLD@HOME is the most developed and represents the wealth of material we hope to develop on other topics.

Engage with EnAct

Billions of people are directly or indirectly affected by lack of access to affordable energy services. And thousands are actively working on solutions. EnAct is keen to raise awareness of both sides of this vitally important story.

As such, we are actively seeking funders and collaborators to expand our reporting. For more information, see ‘Ways to Engage’ or contact us directly: info@en-act.org

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