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Public Lecture: Clean energy services: universal access as enabler for development? (Prof. Dr. Andreas Goldthau)

May 30, 2022 | 04:00 PM c.t. - 06:00 PM
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Clean energy services: universal access as enabler for development?

Prof. Dr. Andreas Goldthau, Director Willy Brandt School of Public Policy, University of Erfurt

According to a recent joint IEA et al. (2021) report, some 759 million people lack access to electricity and 2.6 billion are without clean cooking solutions. Clearly, in addition to the human security dimension, universal access to modern and clean energy services comes with a development imperative. Yet, while economic development correlates with higher energy consumption, closing the energy access gap must not come with future emissions. To fight dangerous climate change and to adapt to the effects of climate change that have already manifested, energy demand increments must be covered by clean sources. With this in mind and departing from a thorough analysis of the key tenets of the SDG7 challenge, the present lecture delves into four specific aspects. First, it recaps how the discourse at the policymaking level in the developing world has in the past decade shifted from a sectoral view to perceiving energy as an enabler for broader socio-economic goals. In this context, the lecture discusses some of the pertinent linkages with other SDGs. Second, the lecture reviews what has “worked” in the developing world, using country examples and their policies to illustrate success (and failure) in clean energy access. Third, the lecture zooms in on clean cooking and shows how despite the multifaceted cobenefits in terms of health, gender or environmental protection, countries struggle to implement adequate policies and market interventions that make an impact. Finally, the lecture presents an outlook to 2030 and beyond, identifying key policy action points from the perspective of the carbon neutrality target and the 1.5C scenario, and in light of the latest IPCC AR6 report.

Time & Location

May 30, 2022 | 04:00 PM c.t. - 06:00 PM

Lecture hall A, Henry-Ford-Building, Garystraße 35, 14195 Berlin