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Low carbon energy

Meeting the challenge of providing access to sustainable energy sources
Key introductory guides: Low carbon development and Pro-poor electricity

Pro-poor electricity provision

Energy poverty is a major development issue: nearly 1.3 billion people, close to one-fifth of the world’s population, have no access to electricity. We also face the pressing need to decarbonise existing energy systems to address climate change. Therefore, making progress on both objectives requires a sharp increase in renewable electricity production, both on and off-grid. It is within this context that this Key Issues Guide explores the potential poverty impacts of increasing renewable energy capacity in developing countries.

Low carbon development 

The key question at the heart of the low carbon development agenda is: how can countries achieve development – especially rapid poverty reduction and improved human development outcomes – in ways that do not worsen climate change? This key issues guide highlights a range of central issues on low carbon development and presents the complex nature of this agenda including: frameworks for guiding low carbon development; low carbon energy; and low carbon land management, including avoiding deforestation.

Latest Documents

Cities in climate change mitigation policy
Agence française de développement 2016
The phenomenon of accelerated urbanization of emerging and developing economies is a potential source of harmful environmental impacts on people’s well-being. Major negative effects can especially be expected on the climate, poss...
Private investment in clean energy, inclusive agribusiness and financial inclusion: evidence of impact
A. Chapple; B. Bozovic / Evidence on Demand 2015
This report, commissioned by DFID, seeks to identify what evidence exists that private investments made in clean energy, inclusive agribusiness and financial services lead to good development outcomes for the poor, especially ...
Empowering women for sustainable energy solutions to address climate change: experiences from UN Women and UNDP-UNEP PEI Africa
UNDP-UNEP Poverty-Environment Initiative 2015
Renewable, clean energy and gender equality are preconditions for sustainable development and for tackling climate change, as envisioned by the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030. Women’s knowledge, empowerment and collective ac...
REthinking Energy: renewable energy and climate change
International Renewable Energy Agency 2015
Renewable energy offers an immediate means to decarbonise the global energy mix. Doubling the share  of  renewable energy by 2030 could deliver around half of the required emissions reductions and, coupled with energy  ...
Unlocking climate finance for decentralised energy access
N. Rai; S. Best; M. Soanes / International Institute for Environment and Development 2016
Achieving energy access for everyone requires more and better targeted investment, but what role does climate finance play in filling the funding gaps? The International Energy Agency (IEA) and the Sustainable Energy for All initiativ...
Climate-smart investment potential in Latin America: a trillion dollar opportunity
International Finance Corporation 2016
As a result of the successful United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s (UNFCCC) 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) in Paris in December 2015, the international community has committed to limit the level of glob...
Accelerating energy efficiency: initiatives and opportunities
Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency 2015
Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countries face an urgent need to advance economic develo p- ment and social welfare by enabling progress in priority areas such as health , education and infrastructure. If we add to these needs vuln...
Natural gas market outlook: how Latin America and the Caribbean can benefit from the US shale boom
Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo / Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) 2015
The surge in US natural gas production from the shale boom is transforming global gas markets. Less than a decade ago, with natural gas production on the decline, the United States was expected to become a major importer of liquefied ...
Impacts of climate mitigation strategies in the energy sector on global land use and carbon balance
Earth System Dynamics 2016
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions to limit climate change-induced damage to the global economy and secure the livelihoods of future generations requires ambitious mitigation  strategies.  The  introduction  of ...
The contribution of low-carbon cities to South Africa's greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals: briefing on urban energy use and greenhouse gas emissions
P. Wolpe; Y. Reddy / Stockholm Environment Institute 2015
South Africa is ranked among the world’s top 12 largest carbon dioxide (CO2) emitters, largely due to dependence on plentiful coal for electricity generation and an energy-intensive industrial and mining sector. Under the Copenha...
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