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Energy Services for Refugees and Displaced People

Posted by: SAFE Administrator

Modified date: 07/27/2018

Energy Services for Refugees and Displaced People


Relevant sector: Protection, Environment, Camp Management & Coordination, Shelter

Resource type: Document

Resource use: Needs Assessment & Analysis

Language of the document: English


Johanna Lehne, William Blyth, Glada Lahn, Morgan Bazilian, Owen Grafham


Chatham House, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) Sweden


The current literature on energy access highlights energy deprivation on a regional or country basis, but frequently neglects those outside of national energy agendas such as refugees and displaced people. To fill this gap and to help inform future analysis, this paper presents an end-use accounting model for energy consumption for cooking and lighting by displaced populations. We present initial estimates for the overall scale of energy poverty and three high-level scenarios for improving access to energy for cooking and lighting. Key findings suggest that as many as 7 million displaced people in camps have access to electricity for less than 4 h a day and that the widespread introduction of improved cookstoves and basic solar lanterns could save $303 million a year in fuel costs after an initial capital investment of $334 million. We conclude that there is a strong human, economic, and environmental case to be made for improving energy access for refugees and displaced people, and for recognizing energy as a core concern within humanitarian relief efforts.

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