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Transforming energy systems

Global energy systems remain hugely unequal — billions of people live without electricity or clean cooking facilities. Countries need to support a big shift in energy policy to change this, while reducing their use of carbon to mitigate the effect of climate change.

There has been progress: countries have agreed to make this change through Goal 7 of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on climate change. But, in order to realise these ambitions, there must be a shift in mindsets, planning and investment flows to enable a move from the current ‘top-down’ centralised system to a more decentralised energy sector, more responsive to users’ needs.

At IIED, we work with partners to make sure that local priorities inform national and global debates on how to shift to clean, affordable and productive uses of energy for all.

We are working with NGOs, energy providers and governments. Through a mixture of research and dialogue, policy engagement and on-the-ground experimenting.

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One in five people around the world – 1.3 billion people – lack electricity to light their homes or run their businesses, while wealthy countries consume vast amounts of electricity every day. IIED’s energy team works to promote access to sustainable energy for the poorest communities and a more equitable consumption of energy resources. Energy access is an area of great inequity. Access to sustainable modern energy services underpins health, education and livelihoods and increases resilience to climate change – yet millions of people have no access to electricity and use dangerous and unhealthy fuels for lighting and cooking.

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