Department of Geography

Sustainable energy for all

How can international policy help deliver low carbon energy technologies in the developing world?

The adoption of low carbon energy technologies in developing countries has been hailed as a win-win activity. This means that it promises to provide access to modern energy for the world’s poor- a fundamental prerequisite to human and economic development and therefore one of the greatest development challenges of our time - whilst simultaneously underpinning low carbon development pathways that mitigate climate change. To date, however, international policy has failed to deliver at anything like the scale and speed necessary to address either climate change or energy poverty. Our research goes to the very heart of the matter, challenging the current framing of the problem in international climate policy and arguing instead for a more systemic, capacity building approach with transformative potential to deliver real change.

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