3bn people lack clean cooking fuel, 1bn lack electricity – OPEC chief

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Global leaders must have a rethink on energy poverty in order to save around three billion people using unclean fuels for cooking and over one billion others without access to electricity, Dr Mohammed Sanusi Barkindo, Secretary General, Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has said.

Speaking yesterday in Vienna, Austria, at a seminar on cooperation for a sustainable future, Barkindo told the energy leaders: “When we start up our cars, switch on a light, turn on our mobile phones, we need to recognize that these everyday things are still unknown to billions of people across the world who continue to suffer from energy poverty.”

“And this essential fuel will no doubt be vital to future generations. We should not forget that today around three billion do not have clean fuels for cooking, and 1.1 billion have no access to electricity, something that all of us here take for granted,” he also said.

Source: Daily Trust


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