The global community is tasked with ending poverty and enabling sustainable development while tackling the climate crisis . To deliver this action on the scale and in the timeframe required to avoid dangerous climate change, countries around the world must act in solidarity and invest in the transition to zero carbon and zero poverty in all countries.
To ensure that all people are enabled to take part in the transition to a zero carbon and zero poverty future, innovative, targeted approaches will be necessary to reach the very poorest people and communities. This policy brief explores one such targeted mechanism. Social protection systems can be leveraged to rapidly and efficiently extend sustainable energy services to a country’s poorest people – people who will not be reached by market based mechanisms alone. Adopting this approach to complement existing energy access strategies will enable governments to roll out energy services at scale, reaching the furthest behind first. A climate justice approach to achieving universal energy access can advance climate action and sustainable development simultaneously.