Achieving universal energy access by 2030 will require a mix of commercial investment and community programmes tailored to those who cannot access or afford energy solutions without support.

That’s why, in collaboration with communities and a diverse range of partner organisations, our Social Investment teams develop market-based programmes that provide access to clean and affordable energy for some of the world’s most remote and vulnerable people.

Our energy access partners

Strong partnerships are essential to deliver sustainable, impactful and relevant access to energy programmes. Since 2014, Shell has worked with Mercy Corps, to extend the benefits of energy access projects to vulnerable groups, including refugees and displaced people. 

Shell is a founding partner and continues to support the Clean Cooking Alliance which aims to achieve universal access to clean cooking solutions by 2030. Read more about our partnership with the Clean Cooking Alliance here.

We work with local and international NGOs, humanitarian organisations, SMEs and social enterprises to design, implement and evaluate our programmes including:



Access to energy during COVID-19

  • Around 800 million people still lack access to electricity and hundreds of millions more have an unreliable supply.
  • COVID-19 is reversing progress towards ensuring universal access to energy
  • To help address this, Shell granted $1.7 million to six renewable energy companies providing energy in India, Kenya, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, and Uganda to help support customers in financial difficulty because of the pandemic.
  • So far over 800.000 people have been reached.


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A short video of the access to energy support given during COVID-19.

Access to energy during COVID-19 transcript

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Have you turned a light on today?

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COVID-19 is disrupting progress towards universal access to energy.

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Many people can’t earn daily wages and face increased food prices. 

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There is less money to power homes and businesses.

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Shell provided grants to six renewable energy companies to help keep the lights on in homes, businesses, schools, hospitals.

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Together we’ve reached 800,000 people..

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Together we’ve reached 800,000 people.. …and counting

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For more information visit

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Enter energy: delivering energy access for displaced people and host communities

Enter Energy is Shell’s global initiative to develop sustainable ways of delivering energy access for displaced people and host communities. We are collaborating with humanitarian and private sector partners to offer access to more and cleaner energy choices.

Providing energy choices for displaced people is far too complex a challenge for one country, community or company to solve. The report “Access to more: creating energy choices for refugees” outlines how humanitarian agencies, governments and the private sector can collaborate to improve how refugees and their host communities access energy.

Download report

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From kiosk to community

The tiny Filipino village of Sitio Lagpan is situated on the Palawan Peninsula, which boasts some of the world’s most beautiful white-sand beaches, coral reefs and limestone cliffs. To the northwest of Palawan is Shell’s Malampaya Deep Water Gas-to-Power project, which generates up to 30 percent of electricity in the Philippines. But Sitio Lagpan is too small and too isolated to be connected to the national grid. It is this isolation that prompted Shell to partner with the community and an experienced local charity to help bring energy – and unexpected change to Sitio Lagpan.

Read more about how clean water from a solar powered well has transformed life in a small Filipino community.

Read the case study




Delivering reliable electricity in Africa and Asia

Shell’s Energy Access business aims to deliver reliable electricity to 100 million consumers in emerging markets by 2030.

The Energy Podcast

800 million people around the world live without electricity. Why? And will COVID-19 make fixing it harder? The Energy Podcast investigates.



We aim to be a good neighbour wherever we work, by contributing to the well-being of neighbouring communities.