How will ending poverty
impact climate change?
Decent Living Energy
This project develops a body of knowledge to quantify the energy needs and climate change impacts of eradicating poverty and providing decent living standards to all. The research will address three questions:
This research will identify opportunities to shift developing societies towards low-carbon pathways, and substantiate countries’ claims for ‘carbon space’ for development.
Click on any country in the map above to see its progress toward Decent Living below
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India’s gaps in Decent Living to top
India’s energy requirements for Decent Living
India’s emissions from Decent Living
Emissions from Decent Living are still work in progress. Another approach we have done is to project emissions associated with human progress based on different indicators, based on the historical relationship between energy growth and each development indicator, allowing for technology-driven efficiency improvements. It shows that achieving human development is likely to be less carbon-intensive than overall economic growth in the long-term, but we still need more growth to achieve a decent standard of human development.
Note that here we assume that any allowance for India’s ‘fair share’ of emissions would involve financial compensation, rather than higher emissions. These data do not account for energy policies since 2010.