Access to Modern Energy: Assessment and Outlook for Developing and Emerging Regions

Pachauri S, Rao ND, Nagai Y, & Riahi K (2012). Access to Modern Energy: Assessment and Outlook for Developing and Emerging Regions. IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria

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Abstract

This report provides a high-level assessment of the progress to date, past policies and programs, and future scenarios related to modern energy access developed within the framework of the Global Energy Assessment (GEA). Providing universal access to modern energy for all is a goal increasingly discussed in international and national policy settings. Developing solutions to this challenge is one of the chief aims of policy makers, and for this reason this report attempts to synthesize a multitude of strategic insights that have resulted from the GEA analysis of this issue.

The overarching objective of the report is to provide guidance on how to facilitate the achievement of universal access to clean-combusting cooking fuels and stoves, and rural electrification by 2030. Focus is given to assessing the situation at global and regional levels, as well as to the types of policies and measures that will be needed to ensure a successful household transition to modern energy in the next decades. Of particular note are the assessment of key success factors for enhancing access at a regional level, and estimation of investments required and impacts of achieving a 2030 universal modern energy access target.

This report is complemented by two interactive, web-based analytical tools, which have been developed in support of this study: (1) the IIASA Energy Access Tool (Energy-ENACT), which permits the assessment of alternative future policy scenarios, including an estimation of investment needs and impacts at the global and regional scales; and (2) the GEA Scenario Database, which documents the full suite of GEA pathways in great detail, allowing the user to explore the consequences of different supply and demand-side technology choices for the feasibility and costs of reaching multiple energy objectives at both the global and regional levels.

Item Type: Other
Research Programs: Energy (ENE)
Transitions to New Technologies (TNT)
Bibliographic Reference: IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 08:47
Last Modified: 17 Feb 2016 12:33
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/10145

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