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Do you know of any good examples of green energy initatives promoting social inclusion?

Renewable energy intiatives are high on the international agenda but in what ways can social inclusion be integrated into these initatives.

Expert 26 Apr 2017 13:50

Dear Ms Baumont,

most of the green energy initiatives promoted by international organizations and development agencies but also national governments entail a social inclusion dimension.

An example of the former are projects funded by EuropeAid (DEVCO) aiming at promoting the use of renewable energies (such as solar energy) to improve access of poor populations to energy thus facilitating their social integration. Examples of such projects can be found at https://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/sectors/energy/energy_en.

At the national level, worth mentioning is India's new resource efficiency agenda which subsumes several sectors, including energy. An institution working in this field is The Energy and Resources Institute TERI, see http://www.teriin.org/.

The academic literature is slowly beginning to explore this area in more systematic manner. An interesting article on the challenges faced by this sector is that of [Sesan, T, Raman S, Clifford M and Forbes, I (2013), ‘Corporate-Led Sustainable Development and Energy Poverty Alleniation at the Bottom of the Pyramid: The Case of the Clean Cook in Nigeria’, World Development, 45: 137-146]. Sesan et al looked at the activities of the Swedish multinational DOMETIC which has been developing the Clean Cook Stove a device developed for poor households and using alcohol fuels derived from waste or under-used biomass resources.

I hope this information has been helpful,

Regards,

Liana Giorgi

 

Expert 26 Apr 2017 18:09

Thank you for such an informative answer. I will look into the article, it looks really interesting!

Expert 26 Apr 2017 18:09

Thank you for such an informative answer. I will look into the article, it looks really interesting!

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