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SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy – How Access to Affordable and Clean Energy Affects Forests and Forest-Based Livelihoods

Citation

Jagger, Pamela; Bailis, Robert; Dermawan, Ahmad; Kittner, Noah; & McCord, Ryan (2019). SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy – How Access to Affordable and Clean Energy Affects Forests and Forest-Based Livelihoods. In Katila, Pia; Pierce Colfer, Carol J.; de Jong, Wil; Galloway, Glenn; Pacheco, Pablo; & Winkel, Georg (Eds.), Sustainable Development Goals: Their Impacts on Forests and People (pp. 206-36). Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press.

Abstract

SDG 7 aims to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all. Forests contribute to SDG 7 through four pathways: sustainable use of traditional wood fuels, processed wood fuels, liquid biofuels and biopower. We hypothesise that the role of traditional wood fuels (e.g. firewood and charcoal) in household energy portfolios will decline in most low- and middle-income countries, but will not be completely replaced with modern fuels. In the transition to affordable clean fuels, processed wood fuels (e.g. pellets), liquid biofuels produced from forest feedstock, and biopower will play an increasing role in energy service provision. How forest-based transitions to clean energy will fare relative to other renewable energy technologies (including solar, wind and micro-hydro) will depend on how renewable energy policy evolves, and on relative costs and storage capacity. Reaching SDG 7 through the promotion of large-scale hydro and agricultural commodity derived biofuels can threaten forests and forest-based livelihoods. In general, promoting transitions to sustainable forest-based clean energy supports the realisation of other SDGs, highlighting the potential for forests to play a significant role in discourse and action on the SDGs.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/9781108765015.009

Reference Type

Book Chapter

Book Title

Sustainable Development Goals: Their Impacts on Forests and People

Author(s)

Jagger, Pamela
Bailis, Robert
Dermawan, Ahmad
Kittner, Noah
McCord, Ryan

Editor(s)

Katila, Pia
Pierce Colfer, Carol J.
de Jong, Wil
Galloway, Glenn
Pacheco, Pablo
Winkel, Georg

Year Published

2019

Pages

206-36

Publisher

Cambridge University Press

City of Publication

Cambridge, England

Reference ID

12623