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Human Development Report 2010 UK Release - how can we better index energy poverty?

Yesterday afternoon saw the UK launch of the 2010 HDI report, which was introduced by Helen Clark, Administrator, UNDP. Issues of environmental challenges and climate change were highlighted as being in the top 5 key principles to inform policymaking. It was noted that whilst there have been many profound changes over the past 40 years that in the area of environment and sustainability we have seen the most deterioration particularly with regards to climate change and poor air quality.

2011's report looks to focus on Climate change and sustainability in light of achieving climate change targets by 2012.

The questions as to how we can measure poverty in relation to household energy access still remain unanswered. Current indicators used in the multidimensional poverty Index use type of cooking fuel e.g. if the household is using “dirty” cooking fuel such as dung, firewood and charcoal then this is an indication of poverty, though is this the most effective means to measure energy poverty? The method of cooking is surely going to have a greater impact on an individuals health, namely whether a smokeless stove or open fire is used as even developed countries still use firewood as fuel in remote areas though these will use chimneys and piping to direct heat flow.

I was wondering what your thoughts were as to how we can best index energy poverty?
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