Asia’s Energy Transition: “Leapfrogging” Stages
Modern energy access is an important indicator of poverty and social development. Asia is rapidly increasing its access to energy. This expansion is taking place at a time when the threat of climate change has necessitated the decarbonization of industry, replacing fossil-fuel energy with renewables. While there is no technological fix to the social and gender equity challenges that confront society, the transition taking place in the energy sector in developing Asia, driven by technology innovation, can enable countries to “leapfrog” stages by using fewer capital-intensive, centralized systems and technology. This would have important improvements in the quality of life of communities, providing women the opportunity to get on board at the early phase of these changes and influence and even transform their societies and lives.
KeywordsEnergy transition Gender equity Asia Climate change Renewable energy Leapfrogging China Capitalism
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