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  • 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.

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

  • UNDP and Energy for Sustainable DevelopmentDec 1, 2004UNDP and Energy for Sustainable DevelopmentThe 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 HungerJan 9, 2007The Energy Challenge: Paying in Pollution for Energy HungerThe 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.

  • 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.

  • Jan 14, 2010Bridging the divide through sustainable and innovative energy technologiesThis expert report highlights the need to bridge the divide between climate change and poverty reduction through innovative energy technologies and to bring about transformational impacts to address these dual challenges. The report argues that providing financing for innovative ideas, low-cost, low-emission, and pro-poor technologies are effective measures to harness their potential.

  • Oct 1, 2002Bioenergy Primer: Modernised Biomass Energy for Sustainable DevelopmentThe 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.

  • Jun 1, 2008Promotion of Wind Energy: Lessons Learned from UNDP-GEF ProjectsThe 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.

  • Nov 13, 2009Bringing Small-Scale Finance to the Poor for Modern Energy ServicesAccess to small-scale finance tailored to low-income individuals, households, and businesses is extremely important for expanding access to modern energy services. This UNDP report looks at the current gap that exists between access to modern energy and small-scale finance and focuses on the role of governments in bridging that gap, and recommends priority actions to be taken by governments.

  • 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.