New EU support to provide access to energy to two million people in Africa
More than two million people in poor rural areas of Africa will benefit from access to modern, affordable and sustainable energy services thanks to new EU support, announced by EU Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs. This initiative also shows that the EU has been a leader in the campaign to provide Sustainable Energy for All.
Grants of €95 million have been awarded for 16 projects across nine African countries to provide access to energy in rural areas, an amount which will be translated into projects costing more than €155 million (through co-financing support by applicants). Commissioner Piebalgs said: “Energy is fundamental for every area of development; from creating jobs and boosting growth to improving healthcare and enabling people to cook safely. Yet too often, people in rural areas have been left behind - a shocking 84% of those without access to energy now live in the countryside. We need to make sure that our work supports everyone, no matter where they live."
For more information: IP/14/355