The European Academies Science Advisory Council (www.easac.eu) is undertaking a study of sustainable energy provision to enable the creation of ‘smart villages’ in developing countries. The study is funded by the Malaysian Commonwealth Studies Centre.
In smart villages, energy access acts as a catalyst for development, enabling education and local business opportunities, improving health and welfare, and enhancing democratic engagement. As such, energy access can provide a much needed driver for sustainable economic development and growth for a major (circa 2 billion people), but neglected, sector of the world’s economy.
The presentation will summarise the findings to date of this on-going study, and set out the next steps and intended outcomes.
Presentation Prof. John Holmes (pdf)