Cleaner Energy Development

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The Cleaner Energy Development (CED) programme engages in research and projects that aim to understand and promote the role of cleaner energy technologies as a means to help achieve climate change mitigation and relevant Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

More specifically, the programme investigates and supports the design and implementation of strategies to enable the transfer and diffusion of cleaner energy technologies. Our work with partner countries takes the form of analytical support to identify and overcome the political, institutional and financial barriers to the introduction and scaled-up use of these technologies in developing countries. We also work to understand the consequences of this technological transition, turning knowledge into practical use for clients and wider stakeholders in developing countries.

The processes by which technologies are taken up and diffused within an economy are inherently complex, and are shaped by – and shape – the broader economic, political, social and cultural landscape. The CED group is fundamentally concerned with understanding the mechanisms and implications of technological change in the energy sector in non-OECD countries, converting this knowledge into advisory services for a range of clients. The energy sector remains central to national climate change mitigation efforts, as pledged within the NDCs that inform the Paris Agreement and to several Sustainable Development Goals. Given the parallel need to increase energy access, especially in most African countries, cleaner and low-carbon technologies are the means to achieve both energy access and climate change targets, and to reduce a range of related economic 'externalities' including deforestation and local and indoor air pollution caused by unsustainable woodfuel use.

Cleaner energy also requires changes on the demand side within different end use sectors to achieve reduction in demand for energy and greater use of renewable energy. The CED group has therefore identified transport sector as a focus area and engages in research and advisory services to countries on sustainable transport. Sustainable transport can address climate change mitigation, local air pollution and also help in achieving various SDGs related to access, safety and health.
22 AUGUST 2017