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Renewable energy

Modern forms of energy are in short supply and in the Royal Norwegian Society for Development’s principal collaborative country, Tanzania, only 10% of the population has access to electricity. The Royal Norwegian Society for Development’s work with renewable energy in eastern and southern Africa takes account of both local needs, global challenges and the international focus on the environment.

Access to energy for operating machines enables economic activities and creates jobs, as well as developing the social infrastructure. Many of the energy initiatives are directed towards exploiting solar energy and biogas, but the Royal Norwegian Society for Development is also working with bio-energy and the exploitation of agricultural waste products to create environmentally-friendly energy.

Increased access to new, environmentally-friendly energy sources also has an equality effect, in that women and girls do not need to spend so much time collecting firewood and other traditional fuels.

Did you know that … 
...about 2 million people in Africa, mostly women and children, die each year from health problems in connection with smoke from indoor food preparation using traditional fossil fuels?

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