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620 Million Without Energy Access, says IEA’s Africa Energy Outlook

October 14, 2014

Providing a comprehensive analysis of Africa’s energy landscape, the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) Africa Energy Outlook, a Special Report in the 2014 World Energy Outlook series, points out that more than 620 million people in Africa live without access to electricity and nearly 730 million people use hazardous, inefficient forms of cooking, disproportionately affecting the health and well-being of women and children.

africa lack electricity.0Image Courtesy: International Energy Agency

In a mixed outlook for the region, the report points out that although nearly one billion people in sub-Saharan Africa are projected to gain access by 2040 owing to rapid population growth, 530 million people in the region are still projected to remain without access to modern energy by 2040. According to the report, access to reliable and modern energy solutions can kick-start economic growth in the region, and that the region’s existing energy resources are sufficient to meet this need except that currently these resources are unevenly distributed and underdeveloped. Read the full report online.