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ENERGY POVERTY

Energy Poverty is defined as the lack of access to appropriate forms of reliable and affordable energy to meet the basic needs of individuals, including food, domestic heating, healthcare and relocation.

Around two billion people currently live in a situation of energy poverty, with this figure expected to rise to three billion by 2030. While this trend is evident in many countries, energy poverty is most common in economically developing countries. At present, India and countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and South-East Asia are most extensively affected by energy poverty. Reducing energy poverty is necessary for a country’s economic and social development. There are concerns, however, that reducing energy poverty and mitigating climate change are conflicting goals. These concerns are invalid if strong measures towards reducing emissions are taken, such as the development of clean energy technologies to a commercially viable level. Subsequent deployment of these technologies in areas where energy poverty is prevalent is also important if these two goals are not to contradict one another. Nevertheless, even reducing energy poverty with the currently carbon-intensive energy sources would not drastically impact progress towards the emissions reduction targets.

This is demonstrated by a recent study that finds that granting energy access for all would only account for 10% of the anticipated emissions rise over the next 20 years. This is without changing the current energy mix. Policies and technologies can and should work towards developing modern energy access for all.

OBJECTIVE
The objective of this ICCG Hot Topic is to develop tools that will enhance the understanding of this topic and its socio-economic complexities. This understanding can be used for both distance learning and to inform policy discussions at the national and international level. This Hot Topic also intends to provide a platform through which initiatives can converge and ideas can be shared. The tools and their implications are intended to be relevant and useful globally.

Below is a list of actions taken by ICCG in the field of Energy Poverty studies, and a list of other sources relevant for the hot topic.

Energy Poverty Alleviation and Climate Change Mitigation: Is There a Trade off? Shoibal Chakravarty and Massimo Tavoni, Energy Poverty Alleviation and Climate Change Mitigation: Is There a Trade off? 2013
The global energy poverty challenge Carlo Carraro, The global energy poverty challenge, 2014.
Arctic, Energy Poverty and Health in the Second Volume of IPCC’s AR5 F. Alice, Arctic, Energy Poverty and Health in the Second Volume of IPCC’s AR5, ICCG Reflection, aprile 2014
Africa at the forefront of future economic and energy demand growth I. Alloisio, Africa at the forefront of future economic and energy demand growth, International Climate Policy & Carbon Markets N..28, September 2013
Africa Sub-Sahariana e Sud Est Asiatico: cambiamenti climatici e sviluppo economico C. Carraro, Africa Sub-Sahariana e Sud Est Asiatico: cambiamenti climatici e sviluppo economico, article published on the ICCG Director’s Blog, July 6th, 2013.
The role of Voluntary Carbon Markets in alleviating energy poverty M. Motty, The role of Voluntary Carbon Markets in alleviating energy poverty, International Climate Policy & Carbon Markets N° 26, maggio 2013
La sfida globale alla povertà energetica C. Carraro, La sfida globale alla povertà energetica, article published on the ICCG Director’s Blog, March 1st, 2013.
Clean energy for all: research perspectives and expectations L. Campagnolo, M. Michetti, Clean energy for all: research perspectives and expectations, ICCG Reflection, June 2012.
Modern energy access, breaking the vicious cycle of poverty J. Mikkola, Modern energy access, breaking the vicious cycle of poverty, International Climate Policy & Carbon Markets N° 23, November 2012
2012, anno dell’energia sostenibile per tutti C. Carraro, 2012, anno dell’energia sostenibile per tutti, article published on the ICCG Director’s Blog, May 25th, 2012
Reducing Poverty Through Climate Action Molly Elgin-Cossart, Cathleen Kelly and Abigail Jones, Reducing Poverty Through Climate Action, 2014
Eradicating Poverty through an Inclusive Green Economy UNEP, Eradicating Poverty through an Inclusive Green Economy, 2014