Energy, as an enabler of development, is inextricably linked to virtually all other SDGs. A question that receives less attention though is: How can we maximize the development effects of energy access?
In principle, energy can (em)power practically any component of the livelihoods of people. However, achieving real and long-lasting results implies a big crucial challenge.
So, which context-specific development challenges should be addressed in order to be successful, while at the same time the opportunities and motivations of individuals and their communities are recognized?
How can we create positive and enduring interlinkages between energy and other sectors such as agriculture, water, education and economic development that can help to boost impacts on all levels?
We will take a look at “SDG7 and beyond”, and explore these and other crucial aspects on how energy can maximize impacts of multiple related SDGs.
Willington Ortiz Orozco, Silvia Sartori, Baerbel Höhn
Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, Embassy of Madagascar in Belgium, Energia International Network on Gender and Sustainable Energy, Energypedia