【Solar panel and lanterns sponsored by Ricoh India in August 2010.】
Ricoh India has supported TERI’s LaBL campaign (Lighting a Billion Lives) since June 2010 and has committed to sponsor 4 rural villages where there is no electrification.
Over 1.6 billion people in the world lack access to electricity; roughly 25% are in India alone. Inadequate lighting is not only an impediment to progress and development opportunities, but also has a direct impact on the health, environment, and safety of millions of people.
The LaBL Campaign aims to bring light into the lives of one billion rural people by replacing the kerosene and paraffin lanterns with solar lighting devices. This will facilitate education of children; provide better illumination and kerosene-smoke-free indoor environment for women to do household chores; and provide opportunities for livelihoods both at the individual level and at village level.
The Campaign also offers local and global environmental benefits. Each solar lantern in its useful life of 10 years displaces the use of about 500-600 litres of kerosene, thereby mitigating about 1.5 tones of CO2. Therefore it will help in reduction of 300 tones of CO2 with 200 lanterns in 10 years.
As a partner to TERI in this campaign Ricoh India has committed to sponsor 4 villages in FY 2010. It will benefit to approx. 200 families and 1000 individuals. Sponsorship of first village was completed in August 2010.