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Sustainable Energy for Development

The use of fossil fuels has accelerated economic development. However, the consequences of this have led to serious environmental problems and calls to decarbonise future energy use to mitigate climate change. But there are still large populations who are energy poor lacking access to electricity and using biomass for cooking. This limits their human development opportunities and has particular burdens on women.

The United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals set out targets for a range of targets to be achieved by 2030 to ensure peace and prosperity for people and the planet. Energy plays a critical role as is shown in Figure 1.

The research should be multidisciplinary having aspects of technical and socio-economic solutions to real sustainable development problems. For example, going beyond lighting with productive uses of power, community resilience and sustainable business services.

The research was undertaken in Official Development Assistance countries.

Preference will be given to research articles based on implemented projects with primary data as opposed to papers that are purely theoretical, simulations or models.

Papers where gender challenges are recognised are particularly welcome.

Figure 1. Examples of the relationship between energy and other SDGs. Source: Santika W, Anisuzzaman M, Bahri P, Rupf G, Shafiullah GM, Urmee T. From goals to joules: A quantitative approach to interlinkages between energy and the Sustainable Development Goals. Energy Research & Social Science 2019, 50, 201-214.

Guest Editor

Richard E. Blanchard

Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology, Loughborough University, UK


energy for development

renewable energy

sustainable development


productive power

energy services

community resilience

Submission Deadline: 28 February 2020

Online Submission

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