Helping to increase energy access

At Shell, we are able to use our core business skills and technical resources to play an active role in improving communities’ access to energy, particularly in regions where we work – such as sub-Saharan Africa and the Asia-Pacific region. 

Since 2001, we have undertaken a number of energy access projects around the world totalling millions of dollars in investment. These projects include community lighting, power generation and small-scale grid infrastructure projects. In Nigeria, for example, Nigeria LNG Limited (Shell interest 25.6%) launched the Bonny Utility Company to provide safe, modern, reliable energy to communities where we work.

Our access to energy work aims to enable communities with safe, reliable, affordable energy which can spur economic development and improve healthcare, education and livelihoods. Its goal is to enable the development of a sustainable market for energy products and services in communities where we operate, directly and indirectly creating enterprises and jobs.

We know there is not a one-size-fits-all solution to the complex global challenge of energy access. Shell’s approach to access to energy is based on developing tailored solutions that are driven by local markets, needs and opportunities.

Bringing more energy to more people

Making access to energy more sustainable requires effective collaboration between public, private and third-party sectors. This is reflected in our involvement with the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves – a public-private partnership that helps to create a thriving global market for clean and efficient household cooking solutions – in which Shell is one of the founding partners. Shell is the single largest private-sector contributor to the Alliance, and has pledged a total of $12 million and additional support like a secondee and leadership.

Shell’s support to the Global Alliance builds on the work of Shell Foundation, an independent charity that helped set up the Alliance with the UN Foundation and the US State Department. For more than 10 years, Shell Foundation has been active in building an international market for affordable clean cookstoves as a way to deliver social and environmental impact at scale. 

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