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Assessing rural energy sustainability in developing countries
KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0189-474x
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Austria.
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Austria.
KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7123-1824
2014 (English)In: Energy for Sustainable Development, ISSN 0973-0826, Vol. 19, p. 15-28Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Providing sustainable energy access is one of the most critical global challenges. This paper introduces a method for evaluating the status and progress of rural household energy sustainability in developing countries using a new composite indicator, the energy sustainability index (ESI). The ESI combines 13 techno-economic, environmental and social indicators of sustainability using principal component analysis (PCA). We apply the ES! to China, India, South Africa, Sri-Lanka, Bangladesh and Ghana between 1990 and 2010. The analysis suggests that South Africa's rural energy sustainability index is highest followed by China, Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh and Ghana respectively. All the countries' rural energy sustainability has improved relatively over time except Ghana's. Improvements result mainly from increasing rural electricity use and increasing access to clean and efficient cooking fuels.

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Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2014. Vol. 19, p. 15-28
Keywords [en]
Rural household energy, sustainability index, indicators, principal component analysis
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Energy Systems
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Technology (byts ev till Engineering), Bioenergy Technology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-78493DOI: 10.1016/j.esd.2014.01.008ISI: 000334652100003Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84894314514OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-78493DiVA, id: diva2:1258897
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Sida - Swedish International Development Cooperation AgencyAvailable from: 2018-10-26 Created: 2018-10-26 Last updated: 2019-04-04Bibliographically approved

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