Case Study

Heat, Light and Power for Refugee – Saving Lives, Reducing Costs

Displacement of people as a result of conflict is not a new phenomenon – but today it represents an unprecedented global challenge. The gap between the needs of growing numbers of displaced people and the resources and political will to meet their needs is widening. For example, voluntary contributions met less than half the $3.05 billion increase in the UNHCR’s funding requirement between 2009 and 2013. The Moving Energy Initiative’s (MiE) flagship report – Heat, Light and Power for Refugees: Saving Lives, Reducing Costs focuses on the energy needs and use of refugees and displaced people worldwide. It presents estimated volumes and costs of energy used in situations of forced displacement worldwide. In 2014 household energy use among forcibly displaced people amounted to around 3.5 million tonnes of oil equivalent at an estimated cost of $2.1 billion. Drawing on open-source data, interviews and field surveys, this report offers the first global overview of the state of energy use among almost 60 million people forcibly displaced by conflict. It considers the mounting financial and human costs of their current methods of obtaining energy, and assesses the economic, environmental and human case for change.

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