Monday, 23 August 2021

A just energy transition to facilitate household energy access and alleviate energy poverty

  • Year: 2021
  • Author(s): Nthabiseng Mohlakoana (Centre for Sustainability Transitions), Peta Wolpe (Urban Energy and Climate Change Practitioner)

Many in the Global South and some in the Global North cannot afford clean and sustainable energy, and many live in a state of energy poverty. A just energy transition is a chance for economies to start again with a clean slate and do things differently. In the Global South, where many cities are growing and where generation is inadequate, the opportunities abound. This policy brief argues that energy poverty and access must be brought boldly into the Just Transition debate. Only then is change possible. The brief offers an overview of current understanding of what constitutes a just energy transition and what is meant by energy poverty and access by giving a snapshot of the European Union and Sub-Saharan Africa context. The brief concludes with outlining some of the policy gaps.

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