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DecentLivingEnergy SIGNED

Energy and emissions thresholds for providing decent living standards to all

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Project "DecentLivingEnergy" data sheet

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postcode: 2361

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 Coordinator Country Austria [AT]
 Project website
 Total cost 869˙722 €
 EC max contribution 869˙722 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2014-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-06-01   to  2019-05-31


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 Project objective

There is confusion surrounding how poverty eradication will contribute to climate change. This is due to knowledge gaps related to the material basis of poverty, and the relationship between energy and human development. Addressing this issue rigorously requires bridging gaps between global justice, economics, energy systems analysis, and industrial ecology, and applying this knowledge to projections of anthropogenic greenhouse gases. This project will develop a body of knowledge that quantifies the energy needs and related climate change impacts for providing decent living standards to all. The research will address three questions: which goods and services, and with what characteristics, constitute ‘decent living standards’? What energy resources are required to provide these goods and services in different countries, and what impact will this energy use have on climate change? How do the constituents of decent living and their energy needs evolve as countries develop? The first task will operationalize basic needs views of human development and advance their empirical validity by discerning characteristics of basic goods in household consumption patterns. The second will quantify the energy needs (and climate-related emissions) for decent living constituents and reveal their dependence on culture, climate, technology, and other contextual conditions in countries. This will be done using lifecycle analysis and input-output analysis, and mapping energy to climate change using state-of-the-art energy-economy integrated assessment modelling tools for 5 emerging economies that face the challenges of eradicating poverty and mitigating climate change. The third task will shed light on path dependencies and trends in the evolution of basic goods and their energy intensity using empirical analysis. This research will identify opportunities to shift developing societies towards low-carbon pathways, and help quantify burden-sharing arrangements for climate mitigation.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Alessio Mastrucci, Edward Byers, Shonali Pachauri, Narasimha D. Rao
Improving the SDG energy poverty targets: Residential cooling needs in the Global South
published pages: 405-415, ISSN: 0378-7788, DOI: 10.1016/j.enbuild.2019.01.015
Energy and Buildings 186 2020-04-23
2018 Ruth DeFries, Ashwini Chhatre, Kyle Frankel Davis, Arnab Dutta, Jessica Fanzo, Suparna Ghosh-Jerath, Samuel Myers, Narasimha D. Rao, Matthew R. Smith
Impact of Historical Changes in Coarse Cereals Consumption in India on Micronutrient Intake and Anemia Prevalence
published pages: 377-392, ISSN: 0379-5721, DOI: 10.1177/0379572118783492
Food and Nutrition Bulletin 39/3 2020-04-23
2019 N.D. Rao, M. Poblete-Cazenave, R. Bhalerao, K.F. Davis, S. Parkinson
Spatial analysis of energy use and GHG emissions from cereal production in India
published pages: 841-849, ISSN: 0048-9697, DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.11.073
Science of The Total Environment 654 2020-04-23
2019 Kyle Frankel Davis, Ashwini Chhatre, Narasimha D Rao, Deepti Singh, Ruth DeFries
Sensitivity of grain yields to historical climate variability in India
published pages: 64013, ISSN: 1748-9326, DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/ab22db
Environmental Research Letters 14/6 2020-04-23
2018 Arnulf Grubler, Charlie Wilson, Nuno Bento, Benigna Boza-Kiss, Volker Krey, David L. McCollum, Narasimha D. Rao, Keywan Riahi, Joeri Rogelj, Simon De Stercke, Jonathan Cullen, Stefan Frank, Oliver Fricko, Fei Guo, Matt Gidden, Petr Havlík, Daniel Huppmann, Gregor Kiesewetter, Peter Rafaj, Wolfgang Schoepp, Hugo Valin
A low energy demand scenario for meeting the 1.5 °C target and sustainable development goals without negative emission technologies
published pages: 515-527, ISSN: 2058-7546, DOI: 10.1038/s41560-018-0172-6
Nature Energy 3/6 2020-04-23
2018 Narasimha D. Rao, Jihoon Min
Less global inequality can improve climate outcomes
published pages: e513, ISSN: 1757-7780, DOI: 10.1002/wcc.513
Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change 9/2 2020-04-23
2018 Alessio Mastrucci, Narasimha D. Rao
Bridging India’s housing gap: lowering costs and CO 2 emissions
published pages: 8-23, ISSN: 0961-3218, DOI: 10.1080/09613218.2018.1483634
Building Research & Information 47/1 2020-04-23
2017 Narasimha D. Rao, Bas J. van Ruijven, Keywan Riahi, Valentina Bosetti
Improving poverty and inequality modelling in climate research
published pages: 857-862, ISSN: 1758-678X, DOI: 10.1038/s41558-017-0004-x
Nature Climate Change 7/12 2020-04-23
2017 Alessio Mastrucci, Narasimha D. Rao
Decent housing in the developing world: Reducing life-cycle energy requirements
published pages: 629-642, ISSN: 0378-7788, DOI: 10.1016/j.enbuild.2017.07.072
Energy and Buildings 152 2020-04-23
2018 Narasimha D. Rao, Jihoon Min, Ruth DeFries, Suparna Ghosh-Jerath, Hugo Valin, Jess Fanzo
Healthy, affordable and climate-friendly diets in India
published pages: 154-165, ISSN: 0959-3780, DOI: 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2018.02.013
Global Environmental Change 49 2020-04-23
2018 Jihoon Min, Narasimha D. Rao
Estimating Uncertainty in Household Energy Footprints
published pages: 1307-1317, ISSN: 1088-1980, DOI: 10.1111/jiec.12670
Journal of Industrial Ecology 22/6 2020-04-23
2017 Narasimha D. Rao, Kevin Ummel
White goods for white people? Drivers of electric appliance growth in emerging economies
published pages: 106-116, ISSN: 2214-6296, DOI: 10.1016/j.erss.2017.03.005
Energy Research & Social Science 27 2020-04-23
2017 Narasimha D. Rao, Jihoon Min
Decent Living Standards: Material Prerequisites for Human Wellbeing
published pages: 1-20, ISSN: 0303-8300, DOI: 10.1007/s11205-017-1650-0
Social Indicators Research 2020-04-23
2017 Narasimha D Rao, Shonali Pachauri
Energy access and living standards: some observations on recent trends
published pages: , ISSN: 1748-9326, DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/aa5b0d
Environmental Research Letters Volume 12, Number 2 2020-04-23
2017 Jan Christoph Steckel, Narasimha D. Rao, Michael Jakob
Access to infrastructure services: Global trends and drivers
published pages: , ISSN: 0957-1787, DOI: 10.1016/j.jup.2017.03.001
Utilities Policy 2020-04-23
2018 Shonali Pachauri, Narasimha D. Rao, Colin Cameron
Outlook for modern cooking energy access in Central America
published pages: e0197974, ISSN: 1932-6203, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0197974
PLOS ONE 13/6 2020-04-23

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