Why is private investment in access to energy important?

Private sector investment in energy access, along with public funding, is vital to reach the scale needed to realise UN SDG7.

In countries such as India and across parts of Africa, customers spend a significant share of their income on accessing electricity. Even then, the supply can be unreliable and polluting. Offering a clean and reliable alternative therefore presents a commercial opportunity for local businesses. Private capital is required for these businesses to deliver at the scale required to meet SDG7 and to be sustainable in the long term.

How is Shell building its energy access business?

Our approach focuses on investing in proven technologies and business models that can be deployed at a large scale and replicated. These include mini-grids and decentralised energy systems, such as solar, that can power homes and businesses.

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