SEI Contact:

Måns Nilsson

Time-frame: 2011–2012

SEI-FBDS Rio+20 Energy Assessment

Feeding into the Rio+20 preparations, SEI, together with its partners around the world, prepared a global assessment on the United Nations goal of providing “sustainable energy for all”. Access to energy for the poor is widely regarded as a key to make advancements on the Millennium Development Goals and to alleviate poverty.

This study examined the implications of "energy for all" going beyond basic access and supporting fundamental levels of development by providing electricity and modern fuels for productive and industrial uses everywhere in the world, compatible with economic development, in for instance agriculture, industrial processes, and fuel for transport.

The resulting energy assessment describes viable pathways for achieving sustainable energy access for all, and suggests how a greening of economic and energy development pathways might be achieved and governed across different scales.

Major partners in this project included The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), the World Resources Institute (WRI), the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), and PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency.