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  • Handbook for Conducting Technology Needs Assessment for Climate ChangeSep 15, 2009
    This advance document of the updated Technology Needs Assessment Handbook (TNA) provides a detailed framework for the development and implementation of technology needs assessments and in particular in the development of technology programmes and strategies in developing countries. Download this Document * Complete Report English

  • Fast Facts: Universal Energy AccessJul 1, 2011
    Some 1.4 billion people have no access to electricity and a billion more only have access to unreliable electricity networks. About 3 billion people rely on solid fuels (traditional biomass and coal) to meet their basic needs. Access to modern energy services for cooking and heating, lighting and communications, and mechanical power for productive uses is a vast area of unmet need. The energy access challenge is particularly acute in the least developed countries, South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.

  • Promotion of Wind Energy: Lessons Learned from UNDP-GEF ProjectsJun 1, 2008
    The report provides a review of the active UNDP-GEF wind energy portfolio. It looks at the design, costs and efficiency of existing projects, drawing on the experience of 14 wind energy projects that have been financed through UNDP to help national governments implement wind energy public policies.

  • Strategy on Scaling up Access to Modern Energy ServicesJun 1, 2006
    The report on the East African Community Strategy outlines the current energy access situation and planned direction to the target date of 2015. It further highlights the existing gaps in the provision of modern energy services and draws attention to the enormous task that lies ahead if the majority of East Africans are to have a realistic chance of meeting the MDGs.

  • UNDP, UNEP, World Bank team up on Access to EnergyMay 10, 2007
    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Bank expressed their commitment to strengthen cooperation on energy access, an important advance in the drive for more efficient and more effective support to poverty reduction and sustainable development.

  • Fact Sheet: Sustainable Energy Services - The Gender DimensionMar 1, 2005
    The fact sheet provides a brief overview on the gender dimension of access to modern energy services. It notes that modern energy services liberate and empower women. The document highlights several areas of intervention that can help to ensure that women enjoy the benefits of modern energy services.

  • Water Supply and Energy Services for the Poor: Rules Make MarketsMar 1, 2004
    The paper notes that deregulation and privatization in the water supply and energy sectors, as a means to stimulate private-sector investment, have only led to improved services for the poor when effective regulation mechanisms have been put in place by governments and public agencies. It proposes that strong regulatory agencies are needed to make markets work and address environmental objectives.

  • Bioenergy Primer: Modernised Biomass Energy for Sustainable DevelopmentOct 1, 2002
    The primer is designed to help facilitate the practical realization of sustainable modernized bioenergy activities, including the technical, policy and institutional aspects. It notes that bioenergy is an important potential contributor to sustainable energy strategies and can contribute directly to poverty alleviation.

  • Clean Energy for Development and Economic GrowthClean Energy for Development and Economic GrowthOct 1, 2002
    The document explores the linkages between renewable energy, poverty alleviation, sustainable development, and climate change in developing countries. In particular, the paper places emphasis on biomass-based energy systems. Biomass energy has a number of unique attributes that make it particularly suitable to climate change mitigation and community development applications.

  • Fact Sheet: Energy, Gender and Sustainable DevelopmentFact Sheet: Energy, Gender and Sustainable DevelopmentOct 19, 2007
    The fact sheet provides a brief overview on how access to better energy services can improve women's social, economic and political status. It notes that greater sensitivity to gender issues increases the effectiveness of energy programmes and policies, as well as other types of development activities that involve energy use.

Fast Facts - Universal Energy Access

Universal access to modern energy services is achievable by 2030. There are no fundamental technical barriers, and proven and innovative solutions exist. The capital investment required for universal energy access represents only around 3 per cent of the total global energy investment. Governments must make universal energy access a top political priority. Practical, effective and large-scale actions are needed to invest in capacity development, mobilize public-private partnerships and massively scale up successful and innovative solutions to overcome extreme energy poverty.