Smoke kills. Darkness kills.


Imagine if every meal you cook is slowly killing you and your family with toxic smoke.

Imagine you have to give birth in the dark, and the midwife can’t see to help if things go wrong.

More than one billion people in the world still live without electricity and almost 3 billion still cook using polluting fuels like kerosene, wood, charcoal and dung.

Every year, 4.3 million lives are lost to diseases caused by indoor smoke from fires to cook and heat, and oil lamps and candles to light. That’s one person every eight minutes - mostly women and children.

Every day, women and children die because clinics and hospitals lack power even for light during childbirth, let alone basic electrical equipment or refrigerators for drugs and vaccines. READ MORE >>

It doesn’t have to be this way.


Clean and efficient cookstoves and fuels can dramatically cut exposure to harmful cooking smoke. Expanding access to reliable, affordable electricity supply can make polluting, dangerous kerosene lamps and candles redundant, and power vital medical equipment.

In remote areas, decentralised clean energy solutions such as solar panels and mini-grids can light the way and give health workers the means to do their jobs effectively, saving lives and promoting health.

Women, who are most at risk, stand to gain most from solutions like these, but whole communities benefit. And freed from the onerous chore of finding firewood, women can spend their time on more productive tasks, empowering them economically and socially.

The Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiative is working to ensure universal access to modern energy services by 2030 - while also ramping up renewable energy and efficient energy use to help fight climate change.

This is the essence of the new Sustainable Development Goal 7, adopted by the international community in September 2015 to “Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all.” But the value of energy goes further than that: it is a key that unlocks progress across all the other Sustainable Development Goals, including those on health and gender equality.

Partners in the SE4All family, from governments and international institutions to private businesses, banks and NGOs, are working together to deliver concrete, practical solutions. READ MORE >>

Here are just some of the SE4All partners working to end lethal indoor air pollution and deliver reliable electricity to clinics and hospitals. Learn more by clicking on the buttons below.


Join the Clean Energy is Life campaign.

Join the Sustainable Energy for All movement.