Energy access is a key element to development especially in more remote rural communities where mains electricity does not reach. In these locations there are a number of small-scale renewable energy technologies that can be used. These technologies include; micro-hydro, solar energy, wind as well as more traditional biomass technologies such as biogas, crop waste, biofuels and stoves.
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Find our about Practical Action's work on energy at Energy Access.
Total Energy Access is Practical Action's approach to achieving energy for all. It requires understanding who has access to energy across households, businesses and in the community, and how that energy is used.
This can only happen if it is measured properly and at the right scale. Billions of people use energy from off-grid sources, so measuring grid electricity access is not the answer.
Practical Action is calling for governments, donors, civil society and the private sector to adopt Total Energy Access as the approach to defining and delivering energy to the billions of poor people who need it. Find out more at Total Energy Access.
For more on energy issues see our Interactive Renewable Energy Toolkit sponsored by Oxfam and Christian Aid.
For more information on energy delivery approaches see our Energy Delivery Modle Toolkit
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From Soluciones Prácticas
Strengthening Production Chains with Renewable Energy in Peru and Bolivia ,Soluciones Prácticas, 2013
From Practical Action Publishing
A Handbook of Small-scale Energy Technologies
Edited By Neil Noble
To mark the UN Year of Energy in 2012, Practical Action is publishing some of its Technical Briefs for the benefit of energy development practitioners around the world. Practical Answers 1 is the first in a new series of handbooks that provide guides on a variety of subjects for international development workers.
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Energy Policy Documents
Africa – left in the dark?
Four-page version of the full Energising Poverty Reduction for Africa report.
Inventory of innovative indoor air pollution technologies in Nepal
This report can be used by the readers to facilitate their decision making on appropriate choice of technology suitable for their own use of for further dissemination.
Energy poverty: the hidden crisis
This briefing paper looks at the existing barriers to energy access and the sustainable solutions that could overcome them.
Biofuels for transport
Massive and unregulated large-scale production of biofuels would be potentially destructive for the environment, a threat to food security, and will affect sustainable development and the livelihoods of the poor.
Bright Ideas! Local action for global impact on energy and climate change
Agenda for activist training workshop
Climate change and Energy Poverty in Africa
Climate change and the challenge of energy poverty
Climate change mitigation and the ending of energy poverty are not incompatible goals. Governments have the duty to ensure that the poor are able to fulfil their basic needs, including those dependent on energy. At the same time developing countries need support to develop in a carbon neutral and sustainable manner.
Energy access and climate change
The importance of energy access for the poor and its impact on emissions.
Energy and MDGs training toolkit - section b - chapter 4.4 - localised - Zimbabwe - energy and climate change
The toolkits were produced with funding from the European Union, Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE). The contents are the sole responsibility of Practical Action Southern Africa and the Southern Centre for Energy and Environment (SCEE), and can under no cir
This briefing provides an overview of the alternatives for financing climate change adaptation. It reviews current estimates of the costs of adaptation and the funding mechanisms that exist under the UNFCCC before examining alternative funding strategies.
Low Carbon Africa
This report demonstrates the potential Africa has to achieve the win goals of tackling poverty and the threat of climate change by pursuing a low-carbon development pathway. The report argues that it is possible to lift Africa out of energy poverty without increasing Greenhouse Gases emissions.
Poor people's energy outlook 2014
The 2014 edition of the PPEO looks back at three years of analysis and innovative approaches to defining energy access and addressing energy poverty as presented in previous PPEOs, to re-emphasise the key enabling role that energy plays in lifting people out of poverty, and the logic of and necessity to focus on efforts to boost the nascent decentralized energy sector rather than allowing the already well-established and well-funded conventional, grid-focused energy sector to continue to dominate efforts to expand energy access.
Perspectives énergétiques des populations pauvres 2014
L’édition 2014 de Perspectives énergétiques des populations pauvres (PEPP 2014) revient sur les trois années d'analyses et d'approches innovantes pour définir l’accès à l’énergie et s’adresser à la problématique de la pauvreté énergétique, présentées dans les éditions précédentes. Elle réaffirme l'importance jouée par l'énergie pour faire sortir les personnes de la pauvreté et la nécessité de se concentrer sur les efforts visant à stimuler le secteur naissant de l'énergie décentralisée, plutôt que de permettre au secteur d’énergie classique- déjà bien établi et bien financé, et focalisé sur l’électricité en réseau- de continuer à dominer les efforts visant à élargir l'accès de l'énergie.