Urban Energy Access for Asia - Pacific Cities

The workshop aims to: (a) establish a common understanding of urban energy access and its direct benefits and co-benefits, and of the situation in the Asia-Pacific region, including the current technology, policy and finance environment in participating DMCs and key urban areas; (b) deepen participants' knowledge of the barriers and opportunities relating to policy, finance and technology in the urban access space, and (c) identify next steps for participants to replicate, initiate or scale-up urban energy access projects and programs for their respective countries, cities or organizations.

It is established that cities are a major source of greenhouse gas emissions, while conversely having a key role in climate change mitigation and adaptation.

For cities in the Asia - Pacific region, in addition to climate-smart and ICT-enabled growth, urban development must take into account the energy access situation of the urban poor, and how the benefits should extend to the most vulnerable urban citizens. According to UN-HABITAT the region is home to more than 500 million urban poor, many of whom have no proper access to modern energy services. Living in informal settlements and at constant risk of eviction, the urban poor usually source electricity illegally, mainly use traditional biomass and kerosene as "baseline" fuels leading to harmful health effects, and live in poorly insulated and ventilated homes.

The effects of safe, legal and sustainable energy services on poverty alleviation are well - documented. Increasing level of prosperity of urban dwellers complements efforts to make cities more resilient, low-carbon and ultimately livable. Thus, a workshop on Urban Energy Access for Asia Pacific Cities is organized under the Sustainable Energy Centre of Excellence (SECOE).

Event Details

October 26, 2017 4:30PM, Thursday
October 27, 2017 5:00PM, Friday



Poverty Alleviation

Renewable Energy

Urban Energy Access

Elmar Elbling
[email protected]

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