Rural electrification

Updated 04/25/2019

Satisfying energy needs in order to achieve the Millennium Development Goals in conditions that are socially, economically and environmentally acceptable represents a major challenge.

For the first time in the history of humanity, more than half of the world’s population will soon be living in cities, by 2015, 22 of the world’s cities will have over 10 million inhabitants, with urban areas representing more than 80% of global CO2 emissions. In rural regions, almost two billion people still have no access to modern forms of energy, the main barrier to their development.

Various solutions have been initiated to address this worrying situation. ADEME and its partners are playing their part by developing institutional cooperations aimed at implementing energy efficiency and environmental protection policies and boosting local skills.

ADEME also supports urban environment and energy pilot programmes for rural development as well as large-scale operations, for example, providing electricity in rural areas and reducing energy consumption in homes.

Rural electrification in Africa

Rural electrification in India