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Iñigo del Guayo, Lee Godden, Donald D. Zillman, Milton Fernando Montoya, and José Juan González

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780198860754

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198860754.001.0001

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Energy Poverty in the Middle East and North African (MENA) Region

Energy Poverty in the Middle East and North African (MENA) Region

Divergent Tales and Future Prospects

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Energy Justice and Energy Law

Damilola S. Olawuyi

Oxford University Press

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region provides a classic illustration of how energy injustice cannot be separated from other social ills, such as conflicts, political instability, social exclusions, and extreme vulnerability to climate change. The MENA region is home to some of the world’s highest exporters of oil and natural gas. However, despite its vast oil and gas reserves, it is also home to a significant portion of the world’s energy-poorest people. About 65 million of 214.8 million living in the region have no access to electricity, while an additional 60 million suffer from prolonged power outages and undersupply. This chapter examines the divergent dimensions of energy poverty in the MENA region. It discusses law and governance innovations for promoting the availability, affordability, and accessibility of sustainable energy, especially electricity and modern fuels, across the region.

Keywords:   Middle East and North Africa (MENA), energy poverty, energy justice, infrastructure, resilience, climate change, Qatar, Gulf Cooperation Council, Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF)

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