The Dirty Footprint of the Broken Grid: The Impacts of Fossil Fuel Back-up Generators in Developing Countries

Lam NL, Wallach E, Hsu C-W, Jacobson A, Alstone P, Purohit P ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7265-6960, & Klimont Z ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2630-198X (2019). The Dirty Footprint of the Broken Grid: The Impacts of Fossil Fuel Back-up Generators in Developing Countries. International Finance Corporation , Washington D.C., USA.

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Abstract

Around the world, nearly 1 billion people live without access to electricity, and about 840 million more live with unreliable and intermittent service from electric grids. For many of them, fossil fuel backup generators are the only source of power. But these machines offer a problematic, intermediate solution: their cost of operation is high, they fill neighborhoods and cities with noise pollution, and the exhaust is hazardous to health and the environment.

Researched in partnership with the Schatz Energy Research Center at Humboldt State University and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) with support from the IKEA Foundation, the report, The Dirty Footprint of the Broken Grid, documents for the first time the economic, environmental, and health effects of fossil fuel generators, and calls for the rapid adoption of clean alternatives. This study explores fundamental questions about the scale and impacts of backup generators that have been largely unanswered beyond anecdote and local or regionally focused studies.

Item Type: Other
Research Programs: Air Quality & Greenhouse Gases (AIR)
Depositing User: Luke Kirwan
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2019 08:11
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2019 08:31
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/16076

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