Energy Policies For Refugee Assistance: Sustainability And Access
By Ariel Cohen
Refugees crowded into squalid camps is not a new mental image. The numbers of refugees are continuing to climb globally. This year 274 million people were recorded to be in need of humanitarian assistance, of which 100 million are refugees. The Russian invasion of Ukraine not only brought this to Europe but to many states in the global south dependent on Ukrainian foodstuffs. This humanitarian crisis is not just a disaster on its own terms but is also an underappreciated part of our modern energy crises.
Paradoxically as more and more people are forcibly disconnected from energy grids and forced into refugee camps, these individuals’ per capita energy consumption increases despite individuals using less.
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