Featured publications

  • Heating in TransitionOct 28, 2005The publication is the third issue of UNDP/GEF 'Lessons for the Future' series and it focuses on the evolution of the barrier removal model for service delivery, emerging trends in project financing and management issues relevant to heating projects. The analysis refers primarily to the 20 heating projects in the UNDP-GEF portfolio and pipeline.

  • The Energy Challenge for Achieving the Millennium Development GoalsJul 1, 2005The UN-Energy paper focuses on the importance of energy for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). It was drafted collectively by the United Nations (UN) agencies, programmes and organizations working in the area of energy, reflecting their insights and expertise.

  • Greater quality and quantity of energy services lead to achievement of the MDGsOct 1, 2004The paper proposes that while there is no MDG specific to energy, it will be impossible to achieve the Goals without improving the quality and quantity of energy services. The paper notes that for UNDP, the types of energy services, rather than energy supplies, are highly critical to the achievement of the MDGs.

  • MDG Support Services - Energy Costing ToolOct 23, 2006A crucial part of developing MDG-based national development strategies is MDG costing, which quantifies the specific financial and human resources needed, as well as infrastructure required, to meet the MDGs. The Energy Costing Tool has been designed specifically to help government planners and decision makers estimate the amounts and types of energy investments required to meet the MDGs. more...

  • Fast Facts: Universal Energy AccessJul 1, 2011Some 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.

  • Handbook for Conducting Technology Needs Assessment for Climate ChangeSep 15, 2009This 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

  • The Environment and Energy Thematic Trust Fund (EE TTF) 2013 Annual Report The Environment and Energy Thematic Trust Fund (EE TTF) 2013 Annual ReportSep 10, 2014

  • Renewable Energy for Parliamentarians: a How-To GuideRenewable Energy for Parliamentarians: a How-To Guide

  • UNDP and Energy for Sustainable DevelopmentUNDP and Energy for Sustainable DevelopmentDec 1, 2004The brochure provides a brief overview of energy linkages with the MDGs and highlights UNDP's approach to energy, the organization's energy partnerships for sustainable development, energy activities, energy portfolio, and knowledge sharing on energy for sustainable development.

  • The Energy Challenge: Paying in Pollution for Energy HungerThe Energy Challenge: Paying in Pollution for Energy HungerJan 9, 2007The article, part of a New York Times series, examines ways in which the world is, and is not, moving toward a more energy efficient future. It explains that while renewable sources have made some inroads, government subsidies for diesel, kerosene and other fossil fuels have held down prices in many developing countries and made it harder to introduce renewable energy technologies.

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.