PublicationJournal Article Energy access for sustainable development

January 19, 2019
Publication Type:
Journal Article

It is abun­dantly clear that ade­quate, reli­able and clean energy ser­vices are vital for the achieve­ment of many of the Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment Goals (SDGs). In essence, energy access has come to rep­re­sent one of the intractable chal­lenges in devel­op­ment, and there­fore emblem­atic of the call for poverty erad­i­ca­tion, and eco­nomic and social trans­for­ma­tion. This focus issue on “Energy Access for Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment” is ini­ti­ated to draw broadly from the ideas and emerg­ing expe­ri­ences with energy activ­i­ties and solu­tions that sought to enhance sus­tain­able devel­op­ment through expan­sion of energy access. The focus issue includes sev­eral con­tri­bu­tions from authors on some of the knowl­edge gaps this field, includ­ing: (i) the role of off-​​grid and mini-​​grid energy sys­tems to meet mul­ti­ple SDGs; (ii) the impacts of the evolv­ing suite of off-​​grid and dis­trib­uted energy ser­vices on inequal­i­ties across gen­der, and on minor­ity and dis­ad­van­taged com­mu­ni­ties; (iii) the oppor­tu­ni­ties that the evolv­ing tech­nol­ogy base (both of energy ser­vices and infor­ma­tion sys­tems) plays in expand­ing the role of off-​​grid and mini-​​grid energy sys­tems; (iv) energy options for cook­ing; (v) new insights into energy plan­ning as well as the polit­i­cal econ­omy, insti­tu­tional and deci­sion chal­lenges across the energy sys­tem. Draw­ing from papers in this focus issue and other lit­er­a­ture, this paper pro­vides a sketch of the key issues in energy access.

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