Energy Poverty

Meeting the demands of the increasing global population and improving the standard of living throughout the world will require infrastructure development including access to safe and reliable energy sources. Caterpillar supports balanced and comprehensive policies that promote continued infrastructure development and utilization of all energy resources, including traditional sources of energy as well as alternative and renewable energy technologies. We develop products and services that contribute to sustainable power generation and infrastructure development solutions.

Likewise, the Caterpillar Foundation believes that it is impossible to make real sustained progress in alleviating poverty if we do not collaborate with others to address the basic need for electricity in the developing world. 

The facts:

  • Nearly three billion people rely on wood or other biomass for cooking and heating, resulting in indoor and outdoor air pollution attributable for 4.3 million deaths each year
  • Almost one out of every three children goes to a school that lacks electricity
  • Without electricity, women give birth in dark hospitals, children's vaccines cannot be refrigerated, students are unable to study after sundown, and doing business in nearly impossible

The Caterpillar Foundation invests in programs that provide access to sustainable energy. Two examples include the United Nations Foundation's Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (GACC) and The ONE Campaign. In partnership with the GACC, the Caterpillar Foundation supports a youth education program that invests in clean cooking education and awareness in schools in Ghana leading to a 30-40 percent change in knowledge about the benefits of clean cooking solutions. The Caterpillar Foundation supports The ONE Campaign's advocacy and policy efforts around U.S. legislation signed into law in early 2016. Known as Electrify Africa, the legislation will spur U.S. government to create investment opportunities to bring 50 million Africans power by 2020.