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Climate change and energy poverty in Africa


This paper shows that the quantity of energy required by the poor to fulfil their needs is generally very small. In Sub-Saharan African, most countries with less access to modern energy services are not on-track to meet the MDGs. It also shows that universal access to modern energy services in Africa and particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa would contribute negligible amounts CO2 emission, independent of the sources used to provide access (fossil fuels or renewables) and therefore argues that in Sub-Saharan Africa, the full mix of energy technologies should be considered and used based on their economic performance. A short case study to show how the voluntary sector of carbon trading is contributing to mitigation of greenhouse gases as well as benefiting the poor in Sudan is also included in this article.

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Collections Energy Influence and Impact
Issue Date 2010
Format Policy Paper
Rights Holders Practical Action