Featured publications

  • Jul 1, 2011Fast Facts: Universal Energy AccessSome 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.

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

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

  • Jul 1, 2005The Energy Challenge for Achieving the Millennium Development GoalsThe 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.

  • Mar 1, 2005Fact Sheet: Sustainable Energy Services - The Gender DimensionThe 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.

  • Energy for Sustainable Development: A Policy AgendaDec 1, 2002Energy for Sustainable Development: A Policy AgendaAs a follow-up to the World Energy Assessment, this publication focuses on policy options and effective implementation. It offers informed guidance on the next steps, on how to shape public policy so that it accelerates the growth of energy systems that support sustainable development.

  • Jun 1, 2004Energy for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific RegionThe report is a compilation of case studies and lessons from UNDP projects in the region. The publication highlights the role of energy in poverty reduction and advancing the achievement of the MDGs. Key lessons about participatory approaches, technology choices and policy options are summarized in the report.

  • 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.

  • Energy Services to achieve the MDGs and to alleviate poverty in the LAC regionFeb 23, 2010Energy Services to achieve the MDGs and to alleviate poverty in the LAC regionThis joint initiative of the ECLAC, UNDP, and the club de Madrid reaffirms the importance of energy access in poverty reduction of the most vulnerable groups and achieving the MDGs in the Latin America and the Caribbean. The report recommends strengthening governmental planning and processes to scaling up pro-poor programmers for the provision of energy access in rural communities.

  • 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.

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.