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.