Providing everyone with access to reliable energy is one of the 21st century’s great challenges. More than a billion people around the world lack access to electricity.
Without energy, society struggles to progress. People rely on electricity for lighting, heating, cooling and communications. Businesses need energy to drive productivity. Communities rely on energy for essential services such as healthcare, sanitation and education.
Shell recognises this vital need and sees an opportunity to invest in energy access solutions in Africa and Asia. Shell’s ambition is, by 2030, to provide a reliable electricity supply to 100 million people who don’t have it today. Shell’s approach focuses on proven technologies and business models that can be deployed at a large scale and replicated. These include mini-grids and decentralised solar energy systems that can power homes and businesses.
Shell has made recent investments in several companies which support productive uses of electricity in underserved communities. They provide systems for residential, agricultural, commercial and industrial activities which use electricity directly to make goods or provide services.