UN-backed initiative aims to bring clean energy

Millions of poor people in Africa are set to have access to clean energy sources.

Commitment made to a United Nations-backed initiative that enlists the private sector in the fight against poverty. Nuru Energy has committed to Business Call to Action, a global initiative supported by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the corporate responsibility scheme known as the UN Global Compact and several other organizations and governments.
“The private sector is a strong partner in our collective drive to reduce poverty and achieve inclusive growth,” UNDP Assistant Administrator Sigrid Kaag said. “Continued commitments and innovative partnerships are key.”
Nuru Energy, currently with offices in Canada and Rwanda, committed to making its portable, rechargeable light-emitting diode (LED) devices available to up to 1.8mn rural households in Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. This will help lower energy costs by up to 85 per cent and reduce dependency on kerosene, an inefficient, polluting, costly and unsafe energy source.

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