Designing energy delivery models
Access to, affordable, reliable, safe and sustainable energy is increasingly recognised as crucial for many development areas, including food and water security, health, and education, and for addressing gender inequality and supporting climate change action. The New Sustainable Development Goal 7 aims to deliver universal energy access by 2030.
A collaboration between CAFOD and the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) called the Energy Delivery Models (EDM) project aims to better understand how energy services for poor and marginal groups can be designed to maximise their developmental benefits and to ensure sustainability over the long term.
The EDM collaboration began in 2013. It aims to build our organisations’ and partners’ understanding of the enabling factors and barriers to delivering energy services to people living in poverty, learning from practitioner experience and research what factors can make or break a sustainable service.
The EDM Toolkit was developed after further research and piloting in 2017. It is a six-step process with two innovative tools focusing on inclusive planning and systematic problem solving. It aims to ensure the service is appropriate to the local context, meets end users’ wider needs and is financially, socially and environmentally sustainable, to deliver maximum impact. The EDM Toolkit can be used to design new energy services, as well as to reflect on and improve existing services.