Access to energy is a pre-requisite for lasting social and economic development. The Other Third- around 2 to 3 billion people worldwide – have little or no access to beneficial energy for cooking, heating, water sanitation, illumination, transportation, or basic mechanical needs. Their energy poverty exacerbates ill health and economic hardship, leads to millions of deaths, and reduces educational opportunities, particularly for women and children.
We have identified four priority areas where the deployment of “Appropriate Sustainable Energy Technologies” (ASETs) will most effectively and efficiently offer access to energy for the Other Third.
- Cooking and Heating (includes clean fuels and insulation)
- Water Access, safe drinking water and Sanitation
- Motive Energy (includes agricultural needs, transportation, and basic mechanical energy