Clean energy "made in China" has helped lift millions out of poverty

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Susan McDade. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

China has done more than any other country to lift millions of people out of poverty, according to the Country Action Team leader in the UN's Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) Initiative.

Rural households in developing countries are using solar and wind energy made in China and using that energy as a motor for development.

The price of these renewable energy technologies has dropped fast in the last twenty years, says Susan McDade, partly because China invests, manufactures and exports the technologies on a large scale to other countries.

However, Chinese companies have been criticized for not doing enough to preserve the environment in countries where they fund big projects and for always bringing in their own labour force.

Ms McDade sat down with Jocelyne Sambira to discuss how the reduced price of renewable energy has impacted Africa.

Duration: 4’43″

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