ELECTRICITY FOR ALL PROGRAMME
Affordable and sustainable energy
Our goal for 2020 is to provide electricity to 4,000,000 people who currently do not have access.
Today, there are calculated to be over 1 billion people with no access to essential power services, which negatively influences their quality of life and opportunities for development.
With the "Electricity for all" programme, we are responding to the call made by the international community to bring universal access to modern forms of power, with provision models that are environmentally sustainable, economically viable and socially inclusive. The “Electricity for all” programme aims to ensure access to electricity in emerging and developing countries.
This ambitious initiative is centred on performing sustainable electrification actions, so we take advantage of our technical, logistical, organisational and financial capacity
"Electricity for all" has three lines of action:
- financing projects through investment in capital
- activities carried out by the businesses in the countries where Iberdrola has a presence
- development of projects with a high social component, through NGOs and corporate volunteering.
From the launch of the "Electricity for all" programme in January 2014 to December 2016, we have contributed to over 2,400,000 people benefiting from access to electricity through projects carried out in different countries in Latin America and Africa. By the year 2020, we hope to reach 4,000,000 beneficiaries.
WITH THE DISADVANTAGED AREAS OF MEXICO
Iberdrola has invested €500,000 in the Mexican company ILUMEXICO solar projects, a developer of solar projects in disadvantaged areas. Created in 2009 and based in Mexico, it carries out lighting and electrification programmes for homes, schools and clinics, and training in the country's rural areas.
This investment will help to provide more than 250,000 people with access to electricity in line with United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 7. In addition, it is part of the activities of the Electricity for All programme, created to promote access to electricity in emerging and developing countries.
ILUMEXICO has installed 9,700 solar systems with more than 40,000 users and has avoided the emission of 5,000 tons of CO2. Its young management team has been included in the Forbes under 30 list of entrepreneurs who are actively working to combat poverty with electric power.
The investment was made through Iberdrola Ventures — Perseo, Iberdrola's corporate venture capital program. This is Perseo's second investment in projects high-social-impact projects. Iberdrola is also investing in SunFunder, a start-up that finances off-grid solar projects in developing countries in Africa and Asia; these include BBOXX and OffGrid Electric.
IBERDROLA, HELPING REFUGEES
Iberdrola has joined the Alianza Shire, the first public-private alliance to bring electricity to refugee camps, with the purpose of analysing the needs of these refugee camps and proposing technical and organisational solutions to these energy needs.
This initiative was developed by an alliance of different entities to bring electricity to those who do not have access to basic services, with the purpose of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals; in particular, goal no. 7, which is aimed at ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all, and no. 17, which is aimed at strengthening the implementation resources and revitalising the Global Sustainable Development Alliance.
According to ACNUR, we are facing the highest forced displacement figures caused by conflicts since the Second World War, with over 60 million people forced to abandon their homes due to wars, violence or persecution. Over 20 million of these people are refugees, more than half are children and 86% are refugees in the poorest countries of the planet. Ethiopia is the country with the largest number of refugees in Africa. Many of these refugees live in camp sites, where access to the grid is very limited, in bad condition or it does not exist.
ALLIANCE WITH ACADEMIA
The Chair for the Globalisation of Basic Power Services, at the Centre for Innovation in Technologies for Human Development, of the Technical University of Madrid (itdUPM), is a strategic tool for the development of the“Electricity for all” programme.
Through this chair, IB and the itdUPM work to carry out activities for training, dissemination and identification of R+D+i actions that give rise to innovative projects in the field of making power services universal.
With the "Electricity for all" programme, we are showing our commitment to society, research, innovation and access to electricity in emerging and developing countries.