Synergies and Trade-offs between Climate Mitigation and Universal Access to Clean Cooking Goals

Cameron, C., Pachauri, S. ORCID:, Rao, N. ORCID:, Riahi, K. ORCID:, & Ummel, K. (2015). Synergies and Trade-offs between Climate Mitigation and Universal Access to Clean Cooking Goals. In: Systems Analysis 2015 - A Conference in Celebration of Howard Raiffa, 11 -13 November, 2015, Laxenburg, Austria.

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The vast majority of scenarios assessed in the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report fail to sufficiently analyze some of the critical linkages between climate and development. We use an integrated assessment modeling framework—the MESSAGE-Access model—to explore the effects of climate policy on the feasibility and costs of achieving a universal clean cooking goal by 2030 in South Asia. We analyze the interaction between these goals using a wide range of scenarios of mitigation stringency and access policy mechanisms, with particular attention to the distributional effects on different urban/rural and income groups. This analysis is made possible by the application of a novel two-stage optimization framework that combines a household-decision model with a social-choice model.

We find that achieving universal clean cooking by 2030 will require substantial policy efforts and costs even in a world without climate policies, but costs could be up to 44% higher under stringent climate mitigation. Notably, the incremental costs associated with stringent mitigation fall well within the possible range of policy costs from inefficient access support policies.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Research Programs: Energy (ENE)
Depositing User: Michaela Rossini
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2016 14:34
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 17:25

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