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Energy Access Outlook 2017 From Poverty to Prosperity

Energy Access Outlook 2017 From Poverty to Prosperity

Full Title: Energy Access Outlook 2017 From Poverty to Prosperity
Author(s): Hannah Daly & Molly A. Walton
Publisher(s): International Energy Agency
Publication Date: October 1, 2017
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Description (excerpt):

Energy access is the “golden thread” that weaves together economic growth, human development and environmental sustainability. Energy has long been recognised as essential for humanity to develop and thrive, but the adoption in 2015 by 193 countries of a goal to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all by 2030, as part of the new United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), marked a new level of political recognition. Energy is also at the heart of many of the other SDGs, including those related to gender equality, poverty reduction, improvements in health and climate change.

This year the International Energy Agency has built on its work on energy access to produce a ground-breaking and in-depth examination of the prospects for, and pathway to, modern energy access for all by 2030. The IEA has tracked country-by-country data on access for over fifteen years, providing forward-looking analysis on access to electricity and clean cooking. This year it has combined its comprehensive energy balance data with its detailed analysis of recent progress to provide a first of its kind historical analysis that covers more than 140 countries and shows not only the number of people who gained access to electricity and clean cooking since 2000 but also how they gained it. This has been combined with an in-depth review of energy access policy ambitions, and with overall energy sector modelling and geospatial analysis, to provide the global energy community with its most detailed and robust examination yet of the pathways to universal energy access by 2030, including a full assessment of costs and benefits.

All statements and/or propositions in discussion prompts are meant exclusively to stimulate discussion and do not represent the views of, its Partners, Topic Directors or Experts, nor of any individual or organization. Comments by and opinions of Expert participants are their own.

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