Energy & Development
The future is Renewable Energy
By utilizing modern and efficient technologies, it offers a source of clean energy that can gradually replace coal and other fossil fuels, bringing environmental benefits and supporting rural development.
Such technologies include cooking stoves that run on solar devices and sustainably-sourced wood and biofuels.
Solar photovoltaic panels, small wind turbines, pico-hydro, biofuel engines can all provide electricity for lighting as well as for phones, cooking, water pumping, and heating and cooling.
Other options include solar flash lights, solar drying and solar water purification.
What WWF is doingWWF is engaged in the promotion of rural renewable energy access through our policy work and many field projects throughout the world. We support:
- Renewable energy projects that improve livelihoods and reduce deforestation, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions
- Renewably-sourced energy for many of our field offices
- The Gold Standard Foundation, an organization that certifies sustainable energy projects in the global carbon market and promotes sustainable energy in developing countries
Rural renewable energy use
Africa now has over 8 million of these stoves.
About 25 million households worldwide receive energy for lighting and cooking from biogas produced in household-scale plants (anaerobic digesters). This includes 20 million households in China, 3.9 million in India, and 150,000 in Nepal.
In India, over 4,000 villages and 1,100 hamlets have been electrified with renewables through India’s Remote Village Electrification Programme. Rural applications of solar PV in India increased to more than 435,000 home lighting systems, 700,000 solar lanterns, and 7,000 solar-power water pumps.
There are 637,000 solar cookers in use and 160 MW of small-scale biomass gasification systems for off-grid power generation.
The World Bank’s China Renewable Energy Development project was completed in mid-2008 with solar PV systems for more than 400,000 households in the country's northwestern provinces.