Energy Access Projects and SDG Benefits
UNDP’s work on clean energy aligns with Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7) on access to affordable and clean energy while it is acknowledged that energy is an ‘intermediate’ commodity: it powers appliances, equipment, and machinery as well as lighting and thermal applications. UNDP is working on improving its assessment of the social and economic benefits of its energy-access projects and the contribution of these projects towards achieving other SDGs.
The study reflected in this report aims to give UNDP staff and project managers tools and guidance on how to improve assessments of impacts associated with clean energy projects. Thus, the objectives of this study are:
- Develop a‘scoring’ tool that can be used by Regional Technical Advisors, country offices and project managers, for an assessment of the relation between a clean energy project (focusing on SDG7) and the SDG1, SDG3, SDG4 and SDG5 goals.
- Provide an indication on the degree of social and economic benefits that can be observed for different types of energy access projects.
- Provide guidance for Regional Technical Advisors, country offices and project managers, on monitoring and data collection approaches to assess the social and economic benefits of their energy-access projects by doing ex-ante and ex-post analysis.