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Hadi Dowlatabadi   Milind Kandlikar   Philippe Le Billon   Douw Steyn   Hisham Zerriffi
IDRN Development Challenge
Of ten, three teams advanced to the final stages and won cash prizes during the International Development Research Network (IDRN) Development Challenge in spring 2012.
Development of a New Theoretical Model of Rural Energy Transitions
Hisham Zerriffi
More than two billion people worldwide rely on traditional forms of energy for cooking/heating and another 1.5 billion people have no electricity.
Making Small Work: Business Models for Electrifying the World
Hisham Zerriffi
Despite over a century of investment in electric power systems, there are roughly 1.6 billion people who lack access to electricity service, mainly in rural areas.
WATCH: Hisham Zerriffi on Energy Access for Development
Hisham Zerriffi
On May 21, 2013, Hisham Zerriffi spoke at the Global Energy Assessment West Coast Launch event, held at Stanford University's Precourt Institute for Energy.
June 19, 2013
Coal, wood burning kills more people than malaria
Burning coal, wood or charcoal for cooking kills two million people worldwide, each year — more than malaria — thanks to severe respiratory diseases this causes through indoor pollution, warns an expert. Energy poverty, which is about limited access to clean sources of energy, is practically driving half the global population to rely on such smoke producing sources of fuel, probably the biggest source of indoor pollution, says Hisham Zerriffi, an assistant professor at the Liu Institute for Global Issues at UBC. “Energy poverty is one of the biggest human welfare issues of our day,” he says. The work was presented on Friday at the 2012 annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Vancouver.
February 17, 2012
Innovative business models for the scale-up of energy access efforts for the poorest
Despite years of effort primarily by governments and donors the ability of large portions of the world's population to access modern and efficient energy services remains out of reach. Roughly 1.5 billion people live without access to electricity and 2.5 billion rely on biomass for their primary cooking fuel, often using highly inefficient and polluting cookstoves. Scaling up the effort to solve this energy-poverty problem requires innovation in service delivery which includes possible changes in both ownership of energy service delivery organizations and the ways in which energy is financed. This paper reviews options for innovative business models to scale up energy access and, in particular, focuses on both producer and consumer-side financing options that can ensure sustainability of energy access efforts.
September 13, 2011
Northern Gateway Pipeline: How did an oil pipeline become a battle for the soul of our nation?
October 29, 2012
Liu Earth Governance Group presents a talk by Professor George Hoberg from the Department of Forest Resources Management, with commentary from Will Horter, Executive Director of Dogwood Initiative.
Macroeconomic Sustainability of the Pattern of Use of Energy Resources in India and Role of the Renewables
September 26, 2012
Presented by Ramprasad Sengupta, Distinguished Fellow, India Development Foundation, Gurgaon, Haryana, India, and Visiting Research Fellow, Liu Institute for Global Issues. Professor Sengupta's research interests lie primarily in energy, resource, and environmental economics.
New perspectives on China’s Energy Security
March 01, 2012
Part of a thematic series titled “China in Global Perspective: The Energy - Sustainability Nexus.” Presented by Dr. Claude Comtois, and hosted in partnership with the Institute of Asian Research, CarbonTalks, and the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions.
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