Featured publications

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

  • Dec 5, 2010UNDP's Work in Environment and Sustainable Development

  • Sep 15, 2009Handbook for Conducting Technology Needs Assessment for Climate ChangeThis 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

  • Energy and Gender for Sustainable Development: A Toolkit and Resource GuideDec 12, 2004Energy and Gender for Sustainable Development: A Toolkit and Resource GuideThis toolkit and resource guide provides tools to help development practitioners ask the relevant questions needed to bring about better development and energy outcomes that are gender specific and that address the needs of women in particular.

  • Apr 1, 2004Reducing Rural Poverty through Increased Access to Energy Services: MPP in MaliThe report reviews experiences of the Multifunctional Platform Project in Mali and documents how modern energy services affect people's lives in terms of income, education, and rural women's status and health. It presents analytical insights into key factors affecting the relationship between energy services and development outcomes.

  • Community Action to Address Climate ChangeNov 11, 2003Community Action to Address Climate ChangeThe publication summarizes key information concerning selected energy and climate change projects supported by the GEF SGP between 1992 and 2003. It provides information on community-led projects that address climate change while improving energy access and livelihoods. The case studies focus on community initiatives in which energy services and livelihood benefits are closely integrated.

  • Mar 1, 2007Opportunities for Biomass Energy Programmes –Lessons Learned in Europe & the CISThe report discusses the experiences and lessons learned from five UNDP-GEF biomass energy projects in Europe and the CIS. It focuses on lessons for biomass project development and implementation for market transformation in the region and makes recommendations for the development and implementation of new biomass projects.

  • Mar 7, 2011Universal Energy Access Towards 2030: The Role of Multi-lateral AgenciesIn response to the UN General Assembly recently adopting a resolution to designate 2012 as International Year of Sustainable Energy for All, the Environment Energy Group hosted an event with speakers from the World Bank, United Nations Foundation and GRATIS to explore opportunities for the international community to scale up efforts to achieve universal access to modern energy services by 2030.

  • Will Tomorrow Be Brighter than Today?Apr 30, 2007Will Tomorrow Be Brighter than Today?The report focuses on enhancing equitable access to appropriate, reliable and affordable energy services so as to reduce human and income poverty. In examining the gender dimension of energy access and provisioning, its use and impact, the report highlights the gender concerns in the Asia-Pacific region and provides recommendations on mainstreaming gender in the provisioning of energy services.

  • To Tackle Energy Poverty, UN-Energy Retreat Discusses UN Energy Access FacilityFeb 15, 2011To Tackle Energy Poverty, UN-Energy Retreat Discusses UN Energy Access FacilityUNDP, UNEP and UNIDO presented the UN Energy Access Facility (UN-EAF) framework, explained complements to other initiatives and discussed next steps to representatives from donors, private sector, and development organizations. The UN-EAF, un-veiled at the 2010 MDG Summit is expected to officially launch by the latter half of 2011, in conjunction with the Global Campaign on Energy Access launch.

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.