By Johannes Urpelainen China and India are the two most important countries for the planet’s future. China is responsible for almost 30% of global carbon dioxide emissions. India’s smaller share, 6%, masks a rapidly growing populat..
By Johannes Urpelainen India’s energy access landscape is changing rapidly, with progress both in improving the quality of rural electricity service and the use of modern cooking fuels. Rural electricity service has improved and use o..
By Federica Genovese and Endre Tvinnereim The recent UN SR15 report is a plea for a fast implementation of effective regulatory action on climate change. In most countries this will require the buy-in of businesses. Clearly businesses ..
By Sung Eun Kim Air pollution is a serious threat to public health and the environment of developing countries. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), around 7 million people died prematurely in 2012 – one in eight of total..
By Johannes Urpelainen Universal electricity access is within reach, but the next challenge for policymakers is much more daunting. For people and firms to realize gains from rural electrification, the quality of electric power must imp..
By S.P. Harish Kerosene use is ubiquitous in India, especially among rural households. According to the latest Census statistics, about 31% of Indian households use kerosene for lighting, and this increases to 43% among the rural popula..
By Johannes Urpelainen A new report by Rahul Tongia (Brookings India) and Samantha Gross (Brookings) on renewable energy in India highlights the challenges that lie ahead. Many of them are political in nature and complicate the simplis..
by Michaël Aklin Increasing access to electricity is key to improving the welfare of millions of households across the world. Fans and A/C provide much needed relief in periods of intense heat. Reading after sunset is decidedly easier and hea..
By Joel Jaeger Sub-Saharan Africa has arisen as a prime market for off-grid solar devices, but the number of sales varies wildly throughout the region. Kenya has been one of the biggest success stories with more than 320,000 solar home systems..
by David Hamburger Off-grid energy options such as photovoltaic systems (PV) offer potential solutions to Africa’s energy challenges. However, the batteries in these systems, and similar models used in cars and stationary power supplies, car..