Renewable Energy Development in Africa

Proceedings of the African Energy Programme Conference, 25–29 March 1985, Mauritius, Volume 1

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Role of UNEP in Renewable Energy Development in Africa

In Africa commercial energy consumption is relatively low, reflecting the low level of industrialisation and general low economic development. Consumption of commercial energy in Africa is typically concentrated in urban areas, where the beneficiaries are mainly industry, the commercial sector and those few belonging to the upper and upper-middle class societies. In rural areas and in urban slums, where the vast majority of the population live, most household's energy needs are still met by non-commercial energy such as fuelwood, agricultural residues and animal manure, as well as by human and animal power.


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