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World Access to Modern Energy Shines the Light on the Energy Gap at Expo 2015

WAME & Expo 2015 is an association founded by eight leading European energy companies (A2A, Enel,eni, Edison,Eon, Gas Natural Italia, Engie, and Tenaris) and the organizers of Expo 2015. With the help of the founding companies, WAME promotes projects that focus on solving issues related to the modern-day energy gap. WAME also tries to increase awareness of the consequences faced by a large

Inside Morocco's pavillion at Expo 2015, big heat fans trying to immitate the heat of the dessert, Milan, Italy

WAME & Expo 2015 is an association founded by eight leading European energy companies (A2AEnel,eniEdison,EonGas Natural ItaliaEngie, and Tenaris) and the organizers of Expo 2015. With the help of the founding companies, WAME promotes projects that focus on solving issues related to the modern-day energy gap. WAME also tries to increase awareness of the consequences faced by a large share of the world’s population because they do not have access to modern energy sources.

Nearly 1.3 billion people, about 20% of the world's population, lack access to electricity. Many more, about 2.6 billion people, 38% of the world population, do not have access to cooking utilities with a reduced environmental impact (clean cooking solutions). Increased access to modern energy would greatly increase access to water and food in many such communities, creating the opportunity for better drinking water and farming opportunities. This could reduce extreme poverty and improve the welfare of people.

Technology and sustainability display at Expo, Milan, Italy

WAME & Expo hope to be a part of this change by bringing Milan opportunities to learn about renewable energy solutions. You can visit WAME’s Energy Corner at Expo in Cascina Ruiza and learn about the global energy-gap problem and the commitment to tackle it. You can also learn about projects implemented by international NGOs on different continents that highlight how energy problems impact the life of the communities. The energy corner uses data, images, testimonies, and videos to show how future quality of life can grow with the addition of modern energy to communities that lack it.

WAME features many projects that reveal efforts to provide energy services to families, communities, and local enterprises, located primarily in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Projects such as “Green energy for 24 isolated villages in the district of Phongsaly in Nothen Laos,” “Locally made cleaner cooking stoves create jobs and save trees,” and “Mpanta solar mini grid project,” have been awarded energy and nutrition prizes for their innovation and ability to make a difference in expanding solutions.

WAME also sponsors a series of meetings that explore various aspects of the energy gap. Topics include energy access in areas of the world such as Africa, the role of renewable energy and innovation in offering solutions, and the importance of spreading clean cooking solutions.

The green-vertical garden facade of the US pavillion at Expo 2015,Milan,Italy

WAME's online database collects energy projects, policies, case studies, and publications that helped increase access to energy services for households and communities in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. You can also read about innovative solutions that have made the world a better place, including a light source made from a water bottle in the Phillipines and the biogas revolution in Nepal.

Many of us take modern commodities for granted. But can you imagine, just for a second, a life without electricity or clean cooking options? How would you go about expanding modern energy solutions? Share your thoughts in the comments area below.

Credits: Images by Alexandra Serbana. Data linked to sources.

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