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Achieving Sustainable Energy for All in the Asia-Pacific

This report investigates the sustainable energy opportunities and challenges in the region in relation to poverty reduction and development. It is produced in line with the United Nations Secretary General’s Sustainable Energy for All Initiative (SE4ALL), which seeks to reach three goals by 2030:more

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Biodiversity Delivering Results

The publication showcases the achievements and results from projects undertaken around the world by UNDP’s network of 132 country offices and its specialized environment team. The projects face different challenges and constraints but all work to achieve common objectives that are the attainment ofmore

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Energy Access Case Study 01 – Power to the People: Solar Energy for a Better Quality of Life, Social Equity and Socio-Economic Growth in the Philippines

This case study documents a government-led energy project in the Philippines that has adopted an innovative delivery mechanism. Aiming to expand electrification in rural and remote areas, Project ACCESS seeks to complement limited government resources with private investment. In line with amore

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Energy Access Case Study 02 – All in One Pot: Improved Cookstoves for Better Health and Environment

This case study documents a ‘good practice’ – the efficacy of large-scale manufacturing and worldwide distribution of fuel-efficient, low-emission and low-cost stoves. In collaboration with USA based designer Aprovecho Research Center, China-based Shengzhou Stove Manufacturer was able, in its firstmore

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Energy Access Case Study 03 – Micro-Credit for Energy Services: Transforming Basic Needs of Poor Households into Effective Market Demand

This case study documents a microfinancing scheme in the Philippines which makes renewable energy technologies accessible to poor households. BEST-OF-PREN provides loans to microfinancing intermediaries that work in poor provinces where a low percentage of households have access to electricity. Tomore

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Energy Access Case Study 04 – Making Energy Markets Work for the Poor: Large-Scale Dissemination of Biogas Plants in Nepal

This case study documents a successful practice of encouraging private sector participation in the construction of more than 200,000 biogas plants in Nepal. Additional subsidies and microfinance loans for the poor improve the affordability of the technology, leading to its large-scale disseminationmore

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Energy Access Case Study 05 – One Digester Plus Three Renovations: Biogas Plants for Rural China

This case study documents a national biogas project in China which, between 2001 and 2010, provided around 32 million biogas plants for 110 million people. The project is a successful example of large-scale energy expansion through joint government action at all levels, working closely with themore

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Energy Access Case Study 06 – Going Renewable: China’s Success Story in Capacity Development

This case study documents the Capacity Building for the Rapid Commercialization of Renewable Energy project (CRE) in China. The CRE has promoted widespread adoption of renewable energy technologies by strengthening the capacities of public and private organizations, facilitating and supporting newmore

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Energy Access Case Study 07 – The Pacific Response: Electrifying Isolated Islands

This case study documents the Fijian Government’s achievements in expanding access to electricity in rural areas over the 1986-2009 period. It identifies key government institutions in rural electrification, assesses the objectives and implementation of the 1993 Rural Electrification Policy, andmore

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Energy Access Case Study 08 – Turning Tradition to New Ends: Improving Water Mills in Nepal

This case study documents the experience of the Improved Water Mill programme in Nepal, which promotes a simple and versatile technology that uses available water resources to produce 3-4 kW of mechanical and electrical power to meet rural energy needs. The study shows that expanding energymore