From removing dangerous, polluting fumes to providing electricity to power homes and businesses, and reliable light by which children can study, clean energy has economic, health, social and environmental benefits. According to The World Bank and the International Energy Agency’s Sustainable Energy for All Global Tracking Framework Summary, about 80% of the 1.06 billion people without electricity live in just 20 countries, known as “high-impact” countries. Over half of the global population living without electricity access are in 13 sub-Saharan Africa countries, according to SEforAll’s Energizing Finance report.
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So what’s standing in the way of universal energy access?
Short answer: Finance.