Partnerships for Universal Access to Modern Energy Services: A Global Assessment Report by United Nations Regional Commissions

Partnerships for Universal Access to Modern Energy Services: A Global Assessment Report by United Nations Regional Commissions

Date: 
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Type: 
Working paper series
Abstract

Energy poverty- lack of access to electricity and reliance on traditional fuels for cooking and heating - remains an enduring problem. Globally, more than a billion people live without electricity and, nearly three billion depend entirely on wood, charcoal and dung for other domestic energy needs. Their search for energy fuels and services is an arduous, daily grind. Lack of access to modern energy has a broad impact. It not only limits economic opportunities for income generation and blunts efforts to escape poverty; but it also severely impacts living conditions for women and children and contributes to global deforestation and climate change. In a business-as-usual scenario, by 2030, the estimated number of deaths from dependence on traditional fuels will likely be greater than those individually from malaria, tuberculosis and HIVIAIDS, underscoring the necessity of finding more sustainable forms of energy supply.

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