British Energy Aid

Better energy is important for poor people to improve their lives.  I am assured that the UK remains committed to working towards Goal 7 of the Sustainable Development Goals, to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all by 2030. Between 2011 and 2015, DFID had helped to improve access to clean energy for nearly 5.3 million people, which is something we can all be proud of.
 
Decentralised renewable energy is important for accelerating progress in Africa. The Energy Africa campaign was launched in October 2015, to help increase access to energy.  Energy Africa aims to accelerate the expansion of the household solar market in Africa - a new and sustainable way of tackling energy poverty - and is about making the market work for the poor.
 
As well as the Energy Africa campaign, DFID supports other initiatives to increase people's access to energy through decentralised renewable energy. For example, the Renewable Energy and Adaptation to Climate Technologies Challenge Fund has supported businesses in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda to provide clean energy for households, communities and businesses. The Results-Based Financing for low carbon energy access programme incentivises businesses to connect households with decentralised and mini-grid renewable energy. Green mini-grid programmes aim to stimulate a mini-grids industry in Kenya, Tanzania and Africa wide. 
 
The continent cannot realise its full potential until there is greater access to energy. DFID is looking forward to working with partners in Africa and elsewhere to realise Africa's energy potential. I particularly want to highlight the great work that CAFOD does in this area, and as vice-chair of their parliamentary committee, I have been championing their work in Westminster.