Electricity access – an agent of economic growth ¦
Worldwide 1,3 billion people don’t have any access to electricity and 2,7 billion people have very limited access. In Africa, more than 600 million people, that is, two out of three Africans lack access to electricity.
The UN recognizes electricity access as a key pillar for economic development because it helps to reduce poverty and hunger, improves educational opportunities and enables higher quality healthcare.
IEC calls on disruptive technology for universal energy access
The work of the IEC has a direct impact on 12 of the 17 SDGs – it provides the technical foundation for the whole energy chain and all equipment that is driven by electricity. Against this backdrop, the IEC is joining forces with the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS), to host the inaugural LVDC Conference on Sustainable Electricity Access.
Standardization work for LVDC is perhaps one of the biggest societal impact initiatives undertaken by the IEC to date. It requires a concerted effort by all stakeholders.
Low voltage direct current (LVDC), a disruptive technology that fundamentally changes and accelerates energy access, has the potential to transform lives, livelihoods and leisure by helping millions of people gain access to electricity. The IEC is driving the development of LVDC, making this technology safe and broadly accessible.
Thought leadership platform
The LVDC Conference on Sustainable Electricity Access will take place in Nairobi, Kenya, on 22 and 23 May 2017. Holding this conference in Africa will provide a real understanding of electricity access needs to IEC experts and stakeholders. The IEC invites participation from all those concerned with the Sustainable Developments Goals, especially Goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.
The conference will bring together a diverse group of stakeholders including policy makers, power utilities, equipment manufacturers, NGOs, technology gurus, industry experts, systems engineers, funding agencies and insurers.
It will be a thought leadership platform to effectively engage with policymakers and regulators. The LVDC Conference on Sustainable Electricity Access will also help gain the technological and economic information needed to evolve LVDC standards and drive the technology’s commercialization.
LVDC Conference on Sustainable Electricity Access
When: 22 – 23 May 2017
Where: Nairobi, Kenya
Visit www.iec.ch/lvdc for more information.