By Kunle Adedoyin
Schneider Electric has declared that an estimated 90 per cent of Nigerians and 2.3 billion people globally lack access to safe and efficient electricity.
Mr Christophe Begat, the company’s Managing Director, Anglophone West Africa, who stated this at the firm’s Digital Innovation Day 2019 in Lagos, said this situation in Africa remained a challenge.
“About 90 per cent of Nigerians do not have access to safe, efficient electricity and this is a challenge to us to solve,” he said.
“Globally, an estimated 2.3 billion people do not have either or reliable access to electricity,’’ he said
Many participants, including stakeholders and experts in technological innovations, automations and energy management were at the event, which featured deliberations and interactive sessions centered on contextual applications of the latest wave of digitization in powering the digital economy to increase efficiency, business growth, and profitability.
Experts also touched on issues, including having smart buildings — which can think, sense and adapt and also control and monitor from cell phones, tackling complex IT and DC environments with cloud-based management systems, big data analytics, mobile insights and optimised operations.
Begat said human activities such as using generators and others were the main cause of rise in temperature globally and called for a coordinated effort by governments and power firms and other stakeholders to stem the trend.
“60 per cent of energy globally is lost and this is good for us (Schneider) as a challenge,” he said.
“There is an urgent need to reduce carbon emission all over the world and attain zero emission by 2030.”
Begat said Schnieder Electric was committed to providing safe and clean electricity from solar and wind to address the current faulty lines of energy transmission and attain full digital transmission of electricity to buildings.