Con­nec­tion between fair ener­gy tran­si­tion and ener­gy poverty

Many peo­ple in the Glob­al South and some in the Glob­al North can­not afford clean and sus­tain­able ener­gy, and many live in ener­gy pover­ty. A just ener­gy tran­si­tion is an oppor­tu­ni­ty for economies to make a fresh start and do things dif­fer­ent­ly. In the glob­al south, where many cities are grow­ing and ener­gy pro­duc­tion is inad­e­quate, there are many oppor­tu­ni­ties. This pol­i­cy brief argues that the issues of fuel pover­ty and access need to be brought firm­ly into the Just Tran­si­tion debate. Only then is change pos­si­ble. The pol­i­cy brief pro­vides an overview of the cur­rent under­stand­ing of what con­sti­tutes a just ener­gy tran­si­tion and what is meant by ener­gy pover­ty and access by pro­vid­ing an overview of the Euro­pean Union and Sub-Saha­ran African con­text. Final­ly, some of the pol­i­cy gaps are identified.

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