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Realizing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 7 and 13 in sub-Saharan Africa by 2030: Synergizing Energy and Climate Justice Perspectives

Agbaitoro, Godswill and Oyibo, Kester (2022) 'Realizing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 7 and 13 in sub-Saharan Africa by 2030: Synergizing Energy and Climate Justice Perspectives.' Journal of World Energy Law and Business. ISSN 1754-9957

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Abstract

This article discusses how energy policy measures for realising the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 7 and 13 in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) could be framed toward achieving energy justice by 2030. Both goals highlight interdependent and conflicting interactions that policymakers should be aware of whilst working to realise them. This position is quite challenging for developing countries that seek to simultaneously resolve the rising inequality of access to modern and affordable energy systems as stipulated in the SDG 7 whilst at the same time working to meet their international obligations toward the attainment of SDG 13. This article seeks to resolve this conflict by proposing some viable measures for a synergy between SDGs 7 and 13. It further examines the paradoxical situation faced by countries in the SSA region and argues for a contextualisation of the two goals within the energy justice framework. The proposed approach entails a systematic transition from fossil fuels to lowcarbon through socio-economic policies that take into account social injustices and further incorporate sustainable actions such as developing renewable energy technologies, diversification of energy options, energy efficiency, and regional alignments and/or cooperation. Overall, the measures outlined in this article aim to help the SSA region achieve energy justice towards 2030.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Energy Justice; Climate Justice; Sustainable Development Goals; Climate Change; Energy Access; sub-Saharan Africa
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities
Faculty of Humanities > Law, School of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2022 15:56
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2022 14:07
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/32515

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