World Water Day: Time to consider a low water economy

The theme of this year’s World Water Day on 22 March is ‘water and energy’ – giving a chance to reflect on how these two vital resources are linked. In the water sector, the food-energy-water nexus is slowly replacing the concept of Integrated Water Resources Management. The idea of the nexus essentially gained momentum in the…

Scaling-up inclusive innovation: asking the right questions?

This post is based on a contribution I’ll be making in a session on ‘scaling up’ at the OECD Symposium on Innovation and Inclusive Growth in Paris on 20-21 March 2014. There has always existed an insistent undercurrent of grassroots innovation activity in societies. Whether born of material or economic necessity, or motivated by social…

Sustainable energy for whom?

How can we move from “sustainable energy for some” towards “sustainable energy for all”, whilst promoting economic development in some of the world’s poorest nations? In a new blogpost for [email protected] the STEPS Centre’s David Ockwell and Rob Byrne reveal new research that shows capacity building has been more influential than market mechanisms in the Solar Home Systems sector in Kenya. “There’s…

More than just a “clean energy race”? BRICS invesment and innovation could lead the way on green transformation

By Adrian Ely On the sidelines of the World Cup in Brazil this year, another competition will be the subject of conversation amongst the delegations attending this year’s BRICS summit, also in Brazil.  Which of the ‘rising powers’ is winning the ‘clean energy race’? The sixth summit meeting of the group known as the ‘BRICS’…

From Uncertainty in India to low carbon in Kenya: Our autumn newsletter is out now

Our autumn 2013 newsletter gives a snapshot of a few of the areas we are researching right now.  A new briefing looks at how people deal with uncertainty about climate, disease or natural disasters in India, while new resources highlight pathways of pro-poor energy access in Kenya.  A new policy briefing examines how science and politics must be engaged in a post-2015 framework, while…

Building pathways of pro-poor energy access

The misconception that developing countries can plump for either increasing access to energy, or low carbon development, but not both, is exploded in a paper presented by Dr Rob Byrne, STEPS Centre energy and climate change co-convenor, at the Poverty Reduction, Equity, and Growth Network’s (PEGNet) conference this week. Because conventional high carbon energy options…

Low Carbon Energy for Development Network second international workshop

The second international workshop of the Low Carbon Energy for Development Network (LCEDN), titled Transitions to low carbon energy systems: which pathways to energy access for all?, took place at the University of Sussex in Brighton in the UK on the 10th and 11th September 2012. The event focussed on identifying and discussing priority questions that need to…

Low Carbon Energy Development Network 2nd conference (#LCEDN2)

Follow the conference on Storify They are big, big questions: How can developing countries transition to low carbon energy systems? Do low carbon futures preclude economic development? Can low carbon energy access go hand-in-hand with poverty reduction? The first day of the Low Carbon Energy Development Network (LCEDN) second international conference grappled with all of these, and more (Photo: Kevin Urama by…

Video: Working together for low carbon development

Ed Brown, LCEDN Co-coordinator from Responding to Climate Change on Vimeo. In this video, Dr Ed Brown, Co-coordinator of the Low Carbon Energy for Development Network talks to RTCC about why the network formed, what they hope to achieve and why a much more multi-disciplinary approach is needed to low carbon development in the Global…

Final Call: register for #LCEDN2 – Low Carbon Energy for Development workshop, 10-11 September

You can still register for the international workshop of the Low Carbon Energy for Development Network (LCEDN) at Sussex University on 10-11 September. There are a small number of places left, so the registration deadline has been extended to tomorrow at midday (24 August at 12pm GMT+1) next Thursday 30 August.  Register on the event…