Energy access research

Work in the area of energy access involved important developments and refinements of the MESSAGE-Access model and its expansion to include decentralized electricity supply in South Asia and regional coverage for China.

Solar water heating in Tajikistan © UNDP in Europe and Central Asia | flickr Creative Commons License

Solar water heating in Tajikistan

The MESSAGE-Access model was developed and refined in 2013. MESSAGE-Access was extended to a wider range of technical options for decentralized electricity supply in South Asia, and for expanded regional coverage in China. It was used to explore policy scenarios for improved modern cooking fuel and stove access.

A comparative assessment of the costs and benefits of achieving universal access has been published under the lead of Shonali Pachauri together with colleagues from the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL) in the journal Environmental Research Letters (ERL) [1], which was selected as part of the ERL highlights for the year 2013.


[1] Pachauri S, van Ruijven BJ, Nagai Y, Riahi K, van Vuuren DP, Brew-Hammond A, Nakicenovic N (2013). Pathways to achieve universal household access to modern energy by 2030, Environmental Research Letters, 8(024015), doi:10.1088/1748-9326/8/2/024015.

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