Building the Energy-Gender-Climate Nexus: The Role of Decentralized Renewable Energy Access
Energy poverty, gender inequality, and climate change are three of the gravest threats that face people and planet alike. Decentralized renewable energy access is precisely the kind of solution that will deliver a Just Energy Transition and bring power to the people in the Global South as well as communities in the Global North. Yet, big energy and infrastructure are dominating the Energy Transition agenda. With a focus on rapidly reducing carbon emissions, large-scale renewable systems—many centrally controlled—are being prioritized, leaving hundreds of millions of people—especially women—in rural and marginalized communities without access to energy, increasing their climate vulnerability. Join four C3E Award winners to hear their experience in accelerating energy access in the Global South, followed by a discussion on how delivering energy access through decentralized renewable energy enables climate, gender, and development benefits and upcoming opportunities for further innovation and scale in Africa, Asia, and the United States.