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Driving innovative research to inform and transform energy policy

The Applied Research Programme on Energy and Economic Growth (EEG) was a £13 million research programme running from 2016-2022, funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO).

EEG and its international research partners studied the links between energy and economic growth in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, working closely with policy makers to understand their challenges, inform decision making, and contribute towards more sustainable, efficient, reliable, and equitable energy systems.

EEG funded over 30 projects across 17 countries on four priority research areas:

  • Efficient & Productive Use – investigating how electricity supplies could be used more productively and energy efficiency could be improved

  • Reliability – researching ways to improve the reliability of electricity systems

  • Renewable Energy – examining ways to utilise natural resources to increase capacity

  • Grid Access – researching the technological and political challenges in connecting people to the grid

During the course of the programme, a wealth of research papers, policy briefs, and policy notes were produced, along with state-of-knowledge papers, Energy Insight reports, and synthesis papers.

In the short-term all EEG resources will remain available in the publications library on the EEG website. To ensure long-term access to these publications and to summaries of individual research studies and findings the library will then be hosted on the Climate Compatible Growth (CCG) website. CCG is a UK aid funded research programme, helping developing countries take a path of low carbon development while simultaneously unlocking profitable investment in green infrastructure, opening up new markets and supporting delivery of the SDGs.

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