Widening energy access and enhancing energy security to achieve the Millennium Development Goals in Asia and the Pacific

This assessment report presents an overview of the energy access situation in the Asia-Pacific region, including prevalent policies and programmes to address them, with the view to identify common challenges that could be addressed through regional cooperation. It presents a summary of recent literature on energy access issues in terms of how notions of energy access/energy poverty are being defined, what have been the key achievements in expanding energy access in Asia and the Pacific, what challenges need to be overcome and the opportunities ahead. It analyses existing energy technologies, policies, as well as good practices and lessons learned towards enhancing access to energy. Focusing on energy access issues for the poor, this report is based on a review of available literature on energy access, and discussions with some policymakers and practitioners.