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Global Lighting and Energy Access Partnership (Global LEAP)



Policy Opportunities

    • Reliable lighting is essential for bringing people out of poverty. The International Energy Agency estimates that 1.4 billion people—20 percent of the world's population—did not have access to electricity in 2009. Some 85 percent of those people live in rural areas.
    • Improved lighting provides significant socioeconomic, health, and environmental benefits, such as new income generation opportunities for small businesses, longer and better illumination for studying, extended productive hours in the home, and reduced indoor air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
    • Energy access is one of three pillars of the United Nations' Year of Sustainable Energy for All (2012). More information on the Year of Sustainable Energy for All is available at
    • Fuel-based (kerosene) lighting accounts for 0.5 percent of annual fossil fuel emissions. If Global Lighting and Energy Access Partnership lighting were to eliminate the need for one-third of this demand, it would prevent 10 megatons (MT) of carbon dioxide emissions per year, or 100 MT over 10 years. Assuming that each lantern costs approximately US$20, the full cost of a program to achieve these goals over 10 years would be US$50 million, or US$0.50 per ton of carbon dioxide avoided.