Business Call to Action Partner to Boost Clean Energy in Ghana

24 February 2010: As part of its commitment to the Business Call to Action (BCtA), Abellon CleanEnergy Ltd, an Indian based-company, has pledged to generate 25,000 jobs over the next five years, and to produce clean and affordable energy that could benefit 100,000 households in Ghana.

The company is also expected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by over one million tons by 2015. Abellon will contribute to Ghana's Strategic National Energy Plan by converting 10,000 hectares of degraded land into agricultural land with crops such as bamboo, palmarosa and sweet sorghum, which require little to no irrigation. The company will employ about 21,000 farmers and purchase their harvest to convert into biofuel.

Launched in 2008, the BCtA is a global initiative that seeks to engage the private sector to develop inclusive business models that achieve commercial success while helping reduce extreme poverty. The BCtA is supported by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Global Compact, the Clinton Global Initiative, and the International Business Leaders Forum. [UNDP Press Release] [Business Call to Action Website]