The Urban Household Energy Transition: Social and Environmental Impacts in the Developing World

The Urban Household Energy Transition: Social and Environmental Impacts in the Developing World

by Douglas F. Barnes, Kerry Krutilla, William F. Hyde
     
 

ISBN-10: 1933115068

ISBN-13: 9781933115061

Pub. Date: 07/15/2005

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

As cities in developing countries grow and become more prosperous, energy use shifts from fuelwood to fuels like charcoal, kerosene, and coal, and, ultimately, to fuels such as liquid petroleum gas, and electricity. Energy use is not usually considered as a social issue. Yet, as this book demonstrates, the movement away from traditional fuels has a strong

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As cities in developing countries grow and become more prosperous, energy use shifts from fuelwood to fuels like charcoal, kerosene, and coal, and, ultimately, to fuels such as liquid petroleum gas, and electricity. Energy use is not usually considered as a social issue. Yet, as this book demonstrates, the movement away from traditional fuels has a strong socio-economic dimension, as poor people are the last to attain the benefits of using modern energy. The result is that health risks from the continued use of wood fuel fall most heavily on the poor, and indoor pollution from wood stoves has its greatest effect on women and children who cook and spend much more of their time indoors. Barnes, Krutilla, and Hyde provide the first worldwide assessment of the energy transition as it occurs in urban households, drawing upon data collected by the World Bank Energy Sector Management Assistance Programme (ESMAP). From 1984-2000, the program conducted over 25,000 household energy surveys in 45 cities spanning 12 countries and 3 continents. Additionally, GIS mapping software was used to compile a biomass database of vegetation patterns surrounding 34 cities. Using this rich set of geographic, biological, and socioeconomic data, the authors describe problems and policy options associated with each stage in the energy transition. The authors show how the poorest are most vulnerable to changes in energy markets and demonstrate how the collection of biomass fuel contributes to deforestation. Their book serves as an important contribution to development studies, and as a guide for policymakers hoping to encourage sustainable energy markets and an improved quality of life for growing urban populations.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781933115061
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
07/15/2005
Series:
RFF Press Ser.
Edition description:
1
Pages:
156
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations, acronyms, energy conversion factors, and a note about data and tables
1Urban household energy, poverty, and the environment1
2The urban energy transition13
3Household fuel choice and consumption27
4Energy and equity : the social impact of energy policies41
5The urban energy transition and the environment56
6The energy transition in Hyderabad, India : a case study77
7Toward more effective urban energy policies102
Annex : methods and data119

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