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Our Expertise

We offer a range of services around (1) developing and implementing strategies (2) project management (3) auditing and analysis (4) complying with new EIA requirements. Energy justice offers a framework for approaching all four tasks in an effective, long-term and ultimately transformative way. Our work is therefore underpinned by six core principles;

Affordability

Less affluent families spend a larger proportion of their income on energy services, hindering the accumulation of wealth needed to make investments to escape poverty. The concept of fuel poverty is apt in this regard. We develop assessments around Geographical Information Systems where new infrastructural investments are revealed on the basis of heat and energy demand for the benefit of the poorest communities.

Sustainability and Responsibility

In an energy context, sustainability refers most meaningfully to the duty of states, business and society to ensure the sustainable use of natural resources. According to conventional wisdom and economic theory natural resource wealth should compel economic development and poverty reduction. However, the ‘resource curse’ thesis suggests that this is not necessarily the case. Using the genuine savings framework, we provide comparative assessments on resource exploitation.

Inter-generational equity

The principle supposes that people have a right to fairly access energy services. The current global energy system does not, however, distribute its energy services equitably. Here, we concentrate on identifying long-term solutions to energy problems through the globe. We provide economic and legal based recommendations that identify new markets and legislative opportunities that could be realised in the long-term.

Availability

Sufficient energy resources are needed for all individuals in terms of both quantity and quality. We seek to provide cost-benefit assessments of alternative energy sources. A diversified collection of different energy technologies ensures variety and a balanced energy mix. We assess foreign, national and decentralized solutions for communities and developers.

Due Process and Transparency

The reality of contemporary energy production is that it frequently abuses human rights: a term referring to basic notions of civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights and extended to cover issues of property, economic development, human health, safety and the natural environment. We provide legal advice on complying with legislative norms in each of these areas, as well as indicating how businesses can go further.

Intra-generational equity

The wide-ranging and complex threat of climate change impacts will be distributed unevenly due to both physical processes and the different adaptive capacities of communities and countries. Our work here focuses upon developing world contexts where such impacts are most likely to be felt. We specialise in assessments of unconventional energy systems which are most prevalent in the poorest areas of the globe, through revealing injustices and indicating new market opportunities.