Modern-solar lighting: a solution to off-grid lightingListen /
Off-grid lighting — kerosene lamps, flashlights and candles — are just some of the fuel-based sources of energy used by the more than one billion people worldwide who do not have access to electric light, says UNEP, the United Nations Environment Programme.
But UNEP Information Officer Bryan Coll says that is changing.
Modern solar lighting is providing an increasingly low-cost solution that is reducing carbon emissions, indoor air pollution and health risks. It can also save money.
“If you take Kenya, for example, Kenya is a country which spends something like 24 million US dollars per year in kerosene. If Kenya phased out kerosene lamps totally, they would actually recoup those costs in seven months.”
In addition, the savings in CO2 emissions, says Mr. Coll, would be equivalent to taking 500 thousand mid-sized cars off the road.
UNEP has also announced a new partnership with the Global Off-Grid Lighting Association to accelerate the use of sustainable off-grid lighting.
Gerry Adams, United Nations.