Many people across the world, particularly in Africa, still use cookers fuelled by wood, charcoal or vegetable matter. 600 million people there have to get by without electricity and 90 per cent of households in sub-Saharan Africa use biomass to generate the energy they need for their daily lives. Yet these traditional fuels do not burn efficiently and have a negative impact not only on the environment but also on people's health.
The world will only be able to make the switch to more sustainable energy systems by expanding the use of renewable energies. That will mobilise private investment, create new jobs and improve energy access. Renewable energies will help people in Africa to make their energy systems sustainable. And, at the same time, it will help to hold back climate change.