The Energy-Poverty-Climate Nexus

TitleThe Energy-Poverty-Climate Nexus
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsCasillas CE, Kammen DM
Issue26 November 2010
Start Page1181
Date Published11/2010
Keywordsclimate change, energy efficiency, marginal abatement costs, renewable energy

Close to two-thirds of the world’s poorest people live in rural areas. Eradication of rural poverty depends on increased access to goods, services, and information, targets detailed in the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. However, alleviating poverty is hindered by two interlinked phenomena: lack of access to improved energy services and worsening environmental shocks due to climate change. Mitigating climate change, increasing energy access, and alleviating rural poverty can all be complementary, their overlap defi ning an energy-poverty-climate nexus. We describe interventions in a rural Nicaraguan community to show that energy services can be provided in cost-effective manners, offering potential to address aspects of rural poverty while also transitioning away from fossil fuel dependence.

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