Last week, the international electronic technologies and solutions provider, held a donation ceremony at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in South Africa.
Speaking at the event was the Ambassador of Japan, Shigeyuki Hiroki, who said: “We want to strengthen the effective use of solar lanterns delivered in these three countries and promote this promising form of renewable energy.”
The CEO of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Sello Hatang, commented:“Lighting would contribute to the improvement of everyday life. The Foundation supports Panasonic’s solar lantern project and helps improve the living conditions of people in non-electrified areas by donating lanterns.”
According to the technology company, at present nearly 1.2 billion people live in regions without electricity, the number is equivalent to nearly 16% of the world’s population, of which about 600 million live in African countries.
Solar lanterns promote health
Although many households in these areas without electricity use kerosene lamps for lighting, their smoke poses a health hazard and exposes them to the risk of fire, the company noted.
To help resolve these health issues, in 2011, the company launched the 100 Thousand Solar Lanterns project.
The technology company also noted that the initiative aims to contribute to the global goals of poverty, health care and welfare, education, energy, etc. that constitute the Sustainable Development Goals put into effect by the United Nations in 2016.
Through this project, the company has so far donated approximately 81,000 units in 19 countries.
Approximately 15,000 units have already been provided in 10 African countries through international organisations and NGOs, the company stated.
This donation to three African countries now brings to 83,000 units the number of lanterns distributed in 22 countries, of which about 16,000 units have been distributed in 13 African countries.