Making Climate Change Mitigation More Meaningful
The link to universal energy access
The global energy system is the single largest contributor to climate change, and reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions from energy is of paramount global importance to avoid catastrophic climate change. But increasing access to modern energy services for the 1.2 billion people who have none is a global imperative as well. Access to energy increases incomes, improves heath, healthcare, education, and security, and reduces labour-intensive practices of all kinds. This paper emphasizes the fundamental importance of including both issues in climate planning and provides recommendations on how decision-makers and institutions can quickly and effectively address both issues simultaneously.
|Universalizing energy access is not a climate issue|
|Why universal energy access does matter for the climate|
|Asking the right questions and training the right people|
|Fostering community-based mitigation|
|Getting to work|
Aaron Leopold is Practical Action’s Global Energy Representative, representing the organization globally on energy access and development. He has worked on global climate and energy issues since 2006.
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