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Appliances are Vital

A campaign on how affordable, high performing appliances contribute to COVID-19 response and recovery

Imagine facing the COVID-19 pandemic without a television for information, refrigeration to preserve perishable food and lighting to work past sunset. For many of the 475 million households worldwide with no grid access, or with only unreliable access to electricity, these conditions are a reality.

From November to April, the Appliances Are Vital campaign will shine a light on the many ways in which appliances are contributing to the global COVID-19 response and accelerating economic recovery. Through the campaign, Efficiency for Access and our partners will also amplify the most up-to-date news, data and research related to the off- and weak-grid appliance sector and the COVID-19 pandemic. Please view the campaign information sheet for further details.

Opportunities for involvement

Appliances Are Vital will build new partnerships and opportunities across the energy access, agriculture and health landscape. Throughout the campaign, Efficiency for Access will partner with organisations to disseminate information; host events, such as a live Q&A and Twitter chat; and develop new content, including podcasts, blog posts, and editorials.

Please contact us if you would like to engage in the campaign’s activities.

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Campaign activities

Appliances & COVID-19 Factsheet: In November, Efficiency for Access will publish a factsheet that draws attention to the various ways appliances can contribute to pandemic relief and recovery.

Twitter Chat: In December, Efficiency for Access will host a Twitter chat on healthcare electrification and off-grid medical devices. This event will give three - five organisations the opportunity to showcase their own programmes or research.

Live Q&A: In March, Efficiency for Access will host a live Q&A with three - four sector experts on how the deployment of off-grid appliances fit into the existing COVID-19 relief effort and bolster long-term community resiliency. Cooling (off-grid cold chain, refrigeration), agriculture (milling equipment, solar water pumps), and communications technologies (mobile devices, computers) will be explored.

White Paper: In April, Efficiency for Access will publish a white paper synthesising data and findings from the 2021 LEIA technology summaries. Our goals are to 1) describe the technologies’ evolution reflecting the most up to date information, and 2) explore challenges and opportunities to scale during and after the pandemic.

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