IEA addresses importance of electricity during pandemic

According to Fatih Birol, Executive Director of the International Energy Organization (IEA), the enormous disruption of caused by the coronavirus crisis served to show how much societies are dependent on electricity.

Birol addresses the panorama of social isolation, in which people have resorted to home office work, e-commerce sites to make your purchases and streaming platforms to consume Entertainment. The director recalls that much more than just bringing us light and to feed common everyday devices – refrigerators, lamps, etc. – electricity is an indispensable factor for the realization of all these activities at such a delicate time experienced by society.

In addition, there has been a growing rate of people patients in hospitals in several countries that do not have electricity sufficient to operate equipment, which are essential for the treatment of of patients. “In Africa, hundreds of millions of people live without access to electricity, making them much more vulnerable to and other dangers,” birol exemplifies.

Moreover, in the midst of this disturbing and growing situation, the electricity also ensures the exchange of important information between governments, citizens, doctors and patients. “The coronavirus crisis reminds us of the indispensable role of electricity in our lives. It also provides information on how to this role should expand and evolve in the coming years and decades,” concludes the Director.