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Access to Energy

Energy and development go hand in hand. Of all forms of exclusion, electrical exclusion is one of the most significant. Approximately 1.3 billion people still have no access to electricity and about 2,6 billion people depend on fossil fuels as a primary source of energy.


The absence of reliable energy services restricts income-generating activities and hampers compromises the delivery of basic services, such as health and education. Access to energy is key to social development, economic growth, environmental sustainability and to achieve the Millennium Development Goals laid down by the United Nations.

As a reference power utility pursuing a policy of openness to the world, the EDP Group is committed to promote Access to Energy (A2E) in developing countries, focusing on remote rural regions and areas which have no connection to the main power grid, contributing in this way to break their cycle of poverty.

EDP endorses sustainability as a priority and Access to Energy is part of our principles of sustainable development, and is developing A2E Programmes which provide access to energy based on sustainable renewable energy solutions, mainly solar, in order to contribute to the social, economic and environmental development of those communities in greatest need.


Could you live without energy?

Leo Burnett agency produced a "brochure made entirely without energy" to talk about EDP's Acess to Energy programs. The creatives ask us: "Could you live without energy?". See the making of video and check out the final result.

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