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Measuring energy poverty : focusing on what matters Subtitle: OPHI working paper no. 42

Abstract: The provision of modern energy services is recognised as a critical foundation for sustainabledevelopment, and is central to the everyday lives of people. Effective policies to dramatically expandmodern energy access need to be grounded in a robust information-base. Metrics that can be used forcomparative purposes and to track progress towards targets therefore represent an essential support tool.This paper reviews the relevant literature, and discusses the adequacy and applicability of existinginstruments to measure energy poverty. Drawing on those insights, it proposes a new composite indexto measure energy poverty. Both the associated methodology and initial results for several Africancountries are discussed. Whereas most existing indicators and composite indices focus on assessing theaccess to energy, or the degree of development related to energy, our new index – the MultidimensionalEnergy Poverty Index (MEPI) – focuses on the deprivation of access to modern energy services. Itcaptures both the incidence and intensity of energy poverty, and provides a new tool to support policymaking.

Publication status:PublishedPeer Review status:Reviewed (other)Version:Publisher's version Funder: International Development Research Centre   Funder: Canadian International Development Agency   Funder: AusAID   Funder: Department for International Development   Notes:Copyright © Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative 2011. This publication is copyright, however it may be reproduced without fee for teaching or non-profit purposes, but not for resale. Formal permission is required for all such uses, and will normally be granted immediately. For copying in any other circumstances, or for re-use in other publications, or for translation or adaptation, prior written permission must be obtained from OPHI and may be subject to a fee.

Bibliographic Details

Publisher: Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative (OPHI)

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Issue Date: 2011

Copyright Date: 2011 Identifiers

Issn: 2040-8188

Isbn: 978-1-907194-26-9

Urn: uuid:905b420b-b848-413a-89a3-a882c12dc696 Item Description

Type: Working/Discussion paper;

Language: en

Version: Publisher's versionKeywords: energy poverty composite index measuring and reporting multidimensional poverty ophi Tiny URL: ora:9452


Autor: Patrick Nussbaumer - institutionUniversitat Autònoma de Barcelona - - - Morgan Bazilian - institutionUnited Nations Industrial D



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