Jaguar Land Rover and ClimateCare announced a partnership in May to bring clean solar technology to 1,2 million people in off-grid communities in Kenya. This innovative social impact programme, called Lighting up Lives, empowers communities with affordable technology that gives families up to four hours additional light each evening and replacing hazardous kerosene fuel.
The initiative supports children like 14-year old Franklin Kishsta, a pupil at Kasooni School, Kalawa, Kenya. Franklin is just one of more than one million people living in isolated or off-grid communities who will benefit from the programme.
“I finish all of my homework now,” said the boy who dreams of becoming an engineer one day. Using kerosene light creates hazardous indoor pollutants, one of the biggest causes of premature death in Africa. Jaguar Land Rover believes that renewable solar technology offers an affordable alternative.
Education improves as children like Franklin can study, read and stay up to play after dark. Women enjoy greater opportunities to work and learn. Living conditions in homes are healthier and safer, and incomes improve.
Helen McLintock, director, Jaguar Land Rover, said: “This exciting new venture is exactly the type of programme that Jaguar Land Rover wants to lead on in the future. Using technology for good and supporting the power of engineering to improve lives and help to build a cleaner future. By sharing our skills, our technology, our people and our passions we can make a difference to people’s lives and prosperity.”
Edward Hanrahan, ClimateCare CEO, said: “We are focused on helping corporates take responsibility for solving key global challenges – through the delivery of integrated sustainability programmes with robust and measurable outcomes that benefit the world’s poorest communities, and deliver against the UN’s Global Goals. We believe businesses have a vital role to play in supporting the Global Goals and Jaguar Land Rover is an excellent example of the contribution corporates can make.”
Lighting up Lives is particularly relevant to Jaguar Land Rover’s own operations and commitment to a zero emissions future. It recently announced a move to 100-percent renewable electricity for its United Kingdom (UK) facilities and has installed the UK’s largest rooftop solar array at its Engine Manufacturing Centre in the West Midlands.
It fits with an ambition to drive sustainable, innovative growth not just for the business but for communities around the world, including Kalawa, Kenya.