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Reducing poverty can actually lower energy demand, finds research

By Marta Baltruszewicz, Postgraduate Researcher, School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds
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As people around the world escape poverty, you might expect their energy use to increase. But my research in Nepal, Vietnam, and Zambia found the opposite: lower levels of deprivation were linked to lower levels of energy demand. What is behind this counter-intuitive finding?

After all, the prevailing strategy to end extreme poverty relies on the belief that we need to grow the economic “pie”, so we can produce more goods and services, at the same time as households and government spending…


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