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[Ambassador report] [Monthly Report] Renewable Energy and Refugee Crisis

by Ananya Singh | 16-01-2020 16:09 Comments 8 Comments recommendations 0 recommendations

There are currently around 26 million refugees worldwide. With a number of refugees and globally displaced people reaching alarming numbers, the world is witnessing an unprecedented level of human displacement and a grave humanitarian crisis according to  a report produced by United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR). 

The report examined the energy needs at refugee camps and identifies renewables-based solutions for four sites in Iraq and Ethiopia. Most refugees and displaced persons rely on energy resources that are unsustainable and pose high risks to their health and well-being.

The report highlighted that in Iraq, blackouts remain frequent even at grid-connected settlements, leaving refugees and the humanitarian community dependent on expensive and polluting diesel generators. In Ethiopia, most refugees lack any reliable access to electric lighting.

The lack of access to energy for cooking poses another big challenge for refugees in Ethiopia. The refugees are very dependent on collecting firewood, which has led to degradation of forests and conflicts with the host communities. Refugees that collect firewood have reported risks of abuse and harassment when collecting firewood. 

Here comes a big role of renewable energy. Since the four locations have been identified in areas where solar energy is enormous in amount, solar mini-grids could be installed to cater to the immediate needs of the refugees. Because solar power installation is almost always a one-time investment, humanitarian organizations and national governments must make efforts to establish such grids that will help both the refugees and the hosts, alongwith also sustaining the environment.

Pertaining to the cooking fuel and its consequent pollution, measures must be taken to replace firewood for cooking with solar power for cooking. This will not only limit conflicts but will also help us protect the environment.

Renewable energy has become increasingly important in these times when refugee crisis is at its peak. So, if efforts are made now to shift to renewable energy, our posterity can enjoy the perks of a good environment later.

You can read more about the steps being taken now here : https://www.irena.org/publications/2019/Dec/Renewable-solutions-for-refugee-settlements

Renewable energy for Refugees by practical action


Jasmine Karki

  • Jasmine Karki says :
    I do hope everything is going well..

    Thank you so much for sharing your report..
    Hope to learn more from you..

    Green cheers
    Jasmine karki
    Posted 15-03-2020 15:21

Diana Gamazova

  • Diana Gamazova says :

    In my opinion, the full provision of poor countries in the Green Energy is impossible, because the education and intelligence of some tribes and nationalities in South Africa are under discussion and doubt in many international organizations and faiths
    Posted 20-01-2020 18:52

Kushal Naharki

  • Kushal Naharki says :
    Hello Ananaya

    I do hope that you are fine and doing great with your works.
    Thank you for your report about Renewable Energy and Refugee Crisis

    Green Cheers from Nepal :)
    Keep writing great reports.
    We are eager to read more reports from you.

    Kushal Naharki

    Posted 20-01-2020 04:57

Lisa Mentor

  • Lisa Mentor says :
    Hello Anaya,
    this is your mentor Lisa.

    Great to see that you are trying to catch up with your missed articles!
    I am very happy to have you back here in Tunza and hope to see you more often!

    Regarding your article, I think you have pointed out a really important problem that not many people are aware of. There are still millions of refugees who are fleeing from place to place, unable to settle in one area. Not only they are exposed to poverty or security threat but also they are in lack some basic needs and energy is definitely one of them. Since we need energy for every basic living activity, I think provision of renewable energy to those people is critical in enhancing their quality of life and also in their survival.

    Thanks for the insightful article!
    Nice work!
    Posted 18-01-2020 21:53


  • ALOK DHAKAL says :
    It was great to know about the energy situation of refugees, Keep writing!!
    Posted 18-01-2020 21:14

Meena Pandey

  • Meena Pandey says :
    Hello Anaya!!
    I hope you are fine and doing great.

    I really enjoyed reading yours report.

    Thank you for the explanation about the energy situation of refugees,

    Keep doing great.

    Hope to know more from you.

    Warm regards,
    Posted 16-01-2020 21:02

Prabha Bhusal

  • Prabha Bhusal says :
    Hello Ananya,
    Thank you for presenting the report about UNHCR!!
    Go green!!
    Posted 16-01-2020 20:12

Hyeongmin Mentor

  • Hyeongmin Mentor says :
    Hello Anaya

    Thank you the explanation about the energy situation of refugees. I thought that refugees would be lack of a few resources, but I've never thought about the energy issue. I thought there would be some kind of way that those people can get the electricity from. However, by reading you report, I learned that they are lack of even minimum electricity to cook. I think the renewable energy sources are playing very important role in those sites, and look forward for further installation of such devices.

    Thank you for the great report.
    Posted 16-01-2020 18:24

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