Defining energy access for the world's poor

Pielke Jr., R. & Bazilian, M. (2013). Defining energy access for the world's poor. Issues in Science and Technology 30 (1) 90-91.

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The poorest three-quarters of the global population still use only about 10% of global energy -- a clear indicator of deep and persistent global inequity. Modern energy supply is foundational for economic development, yet discussions about energy and poverty commonly assume that the roughly 2 to 3 billion people who presently lack modern energy services will demand or consume them only in small amounts over the next several decades. This assumption leads to projections of future energy consumption that are not only potentially far too low, but that also imply, even if unintentionally, that those billions will remain deeply impoverished. As we argued in our article in the Summer 2013 Issues, such limited ambition risks becoming self-fulfilling. Here we provide some supporting data.

Item Type: Article
Research Programs: Transitions to New Technologies (TNT)
Bibliographic Reference: Issues in Science and Technology; 30(1):90-91 (Fall 2013)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 08:48
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 17:39

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