Analysis of energy consumption and energy efficiency in informal settlements of developing countries
In 2010, the inhabitants of poor neighbourhoods for the entire world were estimated to be 830 million, slightly less than one-third of the total urban population, 40% of levels ten years ago. Their access to energy consumption is a question of primary importance not only for ethical, social, and economic reasons, but also for the potential impact on energy resources and on climate change. The Analysis of energy consumption and energy efficiency in informal settlements of developing countries project sets out to analyze the energy conditions in informal settlements of two cities in Latin America and in Africa, intending to document the policies and best practices that can be transferred or replicated in other cities in the world.
The objective of the research is to provide information regarding access to energy - consumption and distribution -, energy services and end uses, energy technologies, the efficiency level, and the use modes, the price paid, and the business models in the informal settlements of the cities of developing countries, promoting economically sustainable solutions to improve energy efficiency and the inhabitants' condition of life. The project is funded by the Fondazione Enel, the partners are the Politecnico di Milano University, Fondazione Politecnico, and UN-Habitat.