Decent Living Energy

The Energy Program (ENE) launched the Decent Living Energy project based on a European Research Council Starting Grant award in June 2015. This project assesses the energy needs and associated greenhouse gas emissions of eradicating poverty in key emerging economies.

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This project builds on past work by defining and quantifying “national” energy poverty, or the energy needed to eradicate poverty in developing economies. In its first phase, two expert workshops were held, one to define the research gaps and chart out the methodology for filling them, and a second expert elicitation to define the material components of a decent living standard. The first workshop established a number of collaborations among participants to address each research gap. The expert elicitation resulted in a consensus on a set of candidate constituents of a decent living standard, which is being drafted in a discussion paper. Several streams of research were also initiated, including developing an input-output model with uncertainty for calculating embedded energy; examining the evolution of household energy use with economic development; and analyzing historical trends in electric appliance acquisition in emerging economies. Project concepts and preliminary results from the historical analyses were presented at a number of conferences, including the European Alpbach Forum and Our Common Future under Climate Change scientific congress in Paris.

Figure 1. State of the art (green) and the ‘Decent Living Energy’ (blue) approach to assessing the greenhouse gas impacts of poverty eradication.


[1] Dubash, NK, Khosla, R, Rao, ND & Sharma, KR (2015). Report on Informing India’s Energy and Climate Debate: Policy Lessons from Modelling Studies. Centre for Policy Research, Climate Initiative, Research Report, New Delhi: Centre for Policy Research, April 2015. Available here

[2] Rao, ND, McCollum, D, Dubash, NK & Khosla, R (2015). Development and climate policy synergies: insights from global modelling studies. CPR Policy Brief, New Delhi, India. Available here.

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Narasimha Rao

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Research Scholar Sustainable Service Systems Research Group - Energy, Climate, and Environment Program

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