10 July 2014 - 11 July 2014
Milan, Italy

Workshop on Energy Poverty: Empirical Evidence and Implementation Issues

On 10-11 July, the Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM) will host a workshop on energy poverty. Energy Program scholar Shonali Pachauri is one of the highlighted speakers at the event.

Universal access to modern forms of energy is a key priority on the global development agenda, and is considered a fundamental driver of economic and social development.  Without access to energy, guaranteed access to clean water, sanitation, education and business in developing countries would be near impossible. 

Despite previous initiatives and continued calls for action, e.g., Millennium Development Goals, it is still unclear which initiatives and policy design are best suited to attaining goal of universal access to energy for all.  Thus, the aim of the workshop is to collect and generate new insights into this research and policy area. 

The workshop is thematically divided into two broad sessions:

During the first session, outstanding representatives from the academia and researchers in the field of development economics will provide an overview of the energy poverty issue, coupled with rigorous empirical assessments of the effects of energy access and on the limit of implementation strategies in developing countries.

During the second session, institutional and business delegates will present goals, initiatives and best practices already in place at the global level, trying to identify the most important challenges and possible solutions arising from the cooperation of different actors such as NGOs, international agencies and corporate institutions.

Energy Program's Shonali Pachauri will deliver a keynote speech.

Further information on the workshop can be obtained from the organizers at FEEM.

Household Energy Transitions

Many people rely on traditional and polluting forms of fuel like wood and coal that contribute to health problems and air pollution. How do people make choices about fuel and appliances, and how can policies encourage people to switch to cleaner fuels? More

Energy and Infrastructure

Developing countries’ demand for infrastructure, including roads, electrical grids, and public water systems, is growing rapidly. Building and maintaining that infrastructure requires energy, but how much?  More

Energy and Economic Development

Access to energy and electricity are fundamental to meeting basic human needs, and they also spur growth in income and improvements in wellbeing. IIASA researchers are studying how access to energy supply affects people’s lives and livelihoods, and how to provide energy services equitably. More

Relevant Publications

Rao ND, Riahi K, Grubler A (2014)

Climate impacts of poverty eradication

Nature Climate Change, 4(9):749-751 (September 2014) (Published online 27 August 2014) More

Pachauri S (2014)

Book review: Energy Access, Poverty, and Development: The Governance of Small-scale Renewable Energy in Developing Asia, by Benjamin K. Sovacool, Ira Martina Drupady (2012)

Energy, 68:1007-1008 (15 April 2014) (Published online 14 March 2014) More

Pachauri S, Rao ND (2013)

Gender impacts and determinants of energy poverty: Are we asking the right questions?

Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 5(2):205-215 (June 2013) (Published online 16 May 2013) More

Pachauri S, Scott A, Scott L, Shepherd A (2013)

Energy for All: Harnessing the Power of Energy Access for Chronic Poverty Reduction

Policy Guide 3, Chronic Poverty Advisory Network (CPAN) More

Pachauri S, Spreng D (2011)

Measuring and monitoring energy poverty

Energy Policy, 39(12):7497-7504 (December 2011) (Published online 30 July 2011) More

Pachauri S (2011)

The energy poverty dimension of energy security


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