Energy Access

The essence of the WWF strategy is to demonstrate viable, sustainable energy access solutions for energy-poor people in developing countries, promote replication and scaling-up to foster enabling conditions and national commitments to energy access and renewable energy/low carbon strategies.

WWF has as target to contribute to eradicating energy poverty by 2030 globally. It will support the establishment, by 2015, of credible and implementable national targets for 2030.

Goal and Objectives

Energy Access Goal

The Energy Access strategy will contribute to the overarching global climate and energy vision and goals and more specifically to the renewable energy at scale strategic objective. It specifies how this objective will be achieved.

GCEI strategy Objective 2; Renewable energy at scale:
By 2015, ten focus countries have agreed to national renewable energy targets for 2030 in line with WWF's 100% renewable vision, including a target for ending energy poverty by 2030 in developing countries.

Energy Access Objective

By 2015 at least 5 key developing countries have developed policy frameworks, and initiated ambitious & measurable action towards ending energy poverty by 2030.

Key countries so far include Madagascar, Uganda, South Africa, India, Indonesia, and Nepal. They host a major share of the global poor without access as well as offices in those countries willing to addressing the issue though at different speed.

To combat climate change, ensure social development and provide demand-driven highly-efficient energy services we need a shift to an energy system with appropriate renewable energy solutions that empower people.

The purpose of the Energy Access Strategy is to explain how WWF will work towards 2015 to have focus country governments agree to targets and measures to end energy poverty by 2030.

“Turning grandmothers into solar engineers”

Voahirana Randriambola, WWF's Madagascar Footprint Coordinator, talks about the joint project with Barefoot College.

	© WWF Madagascar
Women involved in the Barefoot College project
© WWF Madagascar

7 women and the sun

In a collaboration between Barefoot College and WWF, 7 Madagascan grandmothers were trained as solar energy technicians in India. On their return home, the women worked in a special purpose-made shop where they assembled, connected and installed solar equipment. The first systems began casting their light in June, 2014. 

210 homes in Iavomanitra, Amoron’Imania and 150 homes in Tsaratànana, Atsimo Atsinana are lighting up thanks to the solar panels they installed.

WWF Role

WWF will actively promote transformation in the energy sector. In order to change the existing status quo in the energy sector the WWF will contribut to the following pillars:


By promoting national and local policies that articulate a pathway for eradicating energy poverty by 2030.


By scaling-up existing partnerships and developing new ones to identify and create financially viable, environmentally and socially sound models and enterprises for energy access.

Institutions & Capacity

By strengthening the capacity of local and national institutions and enterprises to deliver sustained energy access for the poor.


By mobilising and influencing funders and financial institutions to develop new innovative support schemes and business models and to enable the replication of successful energy access initiatives and efforts from other regions and countries.


Gaurav Dahal
Energy Access Coordinator for Developing Countries, 
WWF International Global Climate and Energy Initiative

Mandy Jean Woods
Head: Communications & Campaigns,
WWF International Global Climate and Energy Initiative

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