Publish Date: November 2, 2023

Researchers and Practitioners Propose Creation of a New Mission Energy Access Programme to Support Global Goal of Ending Energy Poverty by 2030

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Access to clean energy is essential to sustainable human development. A team of researchers and practitioners from across the globe has proposed the creation of a new Mission Energy Access programme to support the global goal of ending energy poverty by 2030.

In a paper titled “Mission Energy Access for a just and sustainable future for all” published in the reputed journal Nature Energy, the authors noted that despite efforts to enhance energy access, there were about 675 million people worldwide who had no access to electricity and about 2.3 billion people who had no access to clean cooking facilities in 2021.

Furthermore, in the absence of additional efforts and measures, as many as 660 million people (mostly in the least-developed countries and in sub-Saharan Africa) will remain without access to electricity, and 1.9 billion people will still be dependent on polluting fuels and technologies (mostly biomass used in traditional cookstoves) for cooking in 2030.

The authors termed this a betrayal of the global commitment to ending energy poverty by 2030 and said the Mission Energy Access programme is urgently required now to accelerate our efforts to ensure universal energy access by 2030.

“A mission-mode approach to enhancing energy access is needed urgently, given the persistent gap between the aspiration to ensure universal energy access by 2030 and the efforts to deliver on this goal. By greatly enhancing the development of innovative and affordable solutions for enabling access to clean and modern energy and its productive uses and the acceleration of large-scale deployment of these solutions, such a Mission would help deliver a triple dividend of increasing energy access, enhancing social and economic benefits, and advancing climate goals, said Prof. Ambuj Sagar, School of Public Policy, IIT Delhi.

The author team included Prof. Ambuj Sagar, IIT Delhi; Dr. Ajay Mathur, International Solar Alliance, Gurugram, India; Dr. Fatih Birol, International Energy Agency, Paris, France, Dr. Yacob Mulugetta, University College London, London, UK; Dr. Damilola Ogunbiyi, Sustainable Energy for All, Vienna, Austria; Dr. Youba Sokona, University College London, London, UK; and Mr. Achim Steiner, United Nations Development Programme USA.  

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