Sustainable Energy for All
Humana Day 2017
Access to Energy
On the evening, 15th of November 2017, thirty two students and teachers from DRH Lindersvold were very happy to show commitment and support to our partner; UFF Denmark by attending the annual celebration of their work and achievements. It is the eighth year we have joined the celebrations. This year, the headline of the day was Access to Energy and we were presented with facts about people around the world and their access to energy along with some of theachievements of Humana People to People in this field. It was a wonderful evening with good food, good company, quiz and prizes whilst we got some input on the topic. Below you can read the information we gained on this day.
Today, one in five people across the world still lack access to modern electricity. It is clear that people need access to efficient and affordable sources of energy to achieve long-term sustainable development.
However, a global issue is the production of fossil fuels from non-renewable energy, contributing towards climate change. It is important that we consider ways to provide energy with producing as few greenhouse house gases as possible.
Therefore, Humana People to People members have begun integrating renewable energies into rural development programs, empowering communities to take the lead on certain aspects of access.
Sustainable Energy for All
Sustainable Development Goal 7 is for universal access to modern, reliable, affordable and sustainable energy services by 2030. For this to be achieved, the global community needs to work together to expand infrastructures, upgrade technologies and provide the resources and support needed for people to access energy in the hardest to reach communities.
The Solar power for community facilities in Guinea Bissau
Where ADPP Guinea Bissau implemented the Renewable Energy for Local Development in Bissora project from 2011-2016. The project has had a significant impact on the lives of approximately 14,000 people across the 24 villages it was implemented in.
Community centres have become a place where people can watch football and movies, as well as organise community events and celebrations. Some community centres and schools have begun adult literacy classes, particularly for women, and community preschools for young children.
Furthermore, project activities have had significant benefits for women in participating communities. Solar powered water pumps for both household and agricultural use has meant a reduction in the physical effort required from women to collect water and spending less time farming.
The Biogas for families in India
Humana People to People India has implemented the “Biogas for Enhanced Quality of Life” project since 2011. As of the end of 2016, 400 biogas plants had been constructed across 100 villages in the Dausa district of Rajasthan to increase access to clean energy for cooking and lighting.
They also encouraged communities to use biogas as an alternative instead of more common methods such as, dung cakes and wood for cooking and heating. Self-produced gas is not only cheaper, but also does not produce smoke, which can be harmful for those who are most-often exposed such as women and children.
The project evaluation revealed that 99.3% of participants were using the plants for fuel. Women in the project reported saving an average of 3.3 hours per day on daily tasks. Many women also reported a reduction in eye and throat problems, due to less exposure from smoke.
Solar Lanterns in Mozambique
ADPP Mozambique carried out “The Solar Energy Project” between 2011 and 2014 within Cabo Delgado Province in the north of the country. The project established 40 solar charging stations which rent rechargeable solar lanterns to local communities and provide phone charging services. The project trained 40 solar power station managers and 200 small business entrepreneurs to build demand for lanterns and strengthen income generation capacity among participants.
Being able to rent lanterns has had several important benefits for both the community and small business owners such as, less harmful smoke in their surroundings from previous methods of light, costs for lighting have been reduced and children are now able to study after dark.
It is clear from these three examples, that the impact of Humana’s work with communities to increase access to renewable sources to energy is significant and positive. However, there remain significant gaps to be filled. New large-scale approaches must be developed that help people in developing countries with getting access to energy and resources for women, to encourage an equal lifestyle between men and women.
It is in the hard to reach communities, where Humana works, that face significant challenges however it is in these communities where people can work together towards achieving SDG7. Efforts must be significantly increased, globally, to achieve reliable, affordable and sustainable energy for all by 2030.