Exploring the contours of off-grid and sustainable energy transitions in Mozambique, Ethiopia and Brazil
On Friday 12th November 2021 our CESET Co-Investigator Professor Joshua Kirshner was invited to give a presentation to staff and students in the Department of Environment and Geography, University of York.
The presentation entitled “Exploring the contours of off-grid and sustainable energy transitions in Mozambique, Ethiopia and Brazil”. Josh emphasized that energy landscapes were a useful analytical framework for interdisciplinary research on energy transitions and could be applied in multifaceted and diverse contexts. A lively discussion followed, and questions included:
- Josh’s thoughts on the gender aspect of energy access (not just for cooking but more generally) and if the community approach could help address inequalities?
- Could off-grid energy be used to support local management and conservation of natural resources (e.g., coral reefs and fish)?
Photo credit: Josh Kirshner from an earlier project in Mozambique.
Instead of energy transitions, many countries are making energy ‘additions’ adding renewable technologies to the energy mix but not replacing fossil fuels. Nevertheless, community energy programs could make a significant difference to energy futures.