Meeting the energy needs of the poorest – a role for social protection

(Second Edition: July 2013) As an organisation working on climate justice, the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice is concerned that many of the initiatives working to improve access to sustainable energy will not benefit the largest but poorest socioeconomic group, the so-called bottom or base of the economic pyramid. Identifying specific measures to reach those least able to pay for energy and low-carbon technologies is a priority area for the Foundation.