The HEED project directly addresses the global challenge of sustainable energy for all (UN’s Sustainable Development Goal #7), focused on the humanitarian energy needs and demands of people forcibly displaced in Rwanda and Nepal. Energy is crucial for achieving almost all of the SDGs, from its role in the eradication of poverty through advancements in health, education, water supply and industrialization, to combating climate change. With this in mind, the HEED project will design, deploy and monitor a number of low-carbon based energy solutions with sustainable business models to increase energy security, reduce environmental impact, and improve economic and health indicators for outcomes for displaced people in Rwanda and Nepal. The project also provides an opportunity for UK researchers to work alongside developing country researchers to strengthen capacity for research and innovation.
The UN’s Sustainable Development Goal #7
7.1 By 2030, ensure universal access to affordable, reliable, and modern energy services
7.2 Increase substantially the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix by 2030
7.3 Double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency by 2030
7.a By 2030, enhance international cooperation to facilitate access to clean energy research and technologies, including renewable
energy, energy efficiency, and advanced and cleaner fossil fuel technologies, and promote investment in energy infrastructure and clean energy technologies
7.b By 2030, expand infrastructure and upgrade technology for supplying modern and sustainable energy services for all in developing countries, particularly LDCs and SIDS
The short to medium term impact of the project will be the provision of new data and information that can inform the design, development and delivery of renewable energy systems for both for domestic (lighting, cooking, power for water treatment, communications and entertainment, etc.) and productive purposes (home businesses and cottage industries) by a range of national, international and local organisations. The long-term impact will be the scaling and replication of modular energy systems with intelligent supply and demand management integrated with digital business processes to other displaced populations living within and outside camp settings, enabling job creation in the renewable energy sector and increasing social and economic opportunities for displaced communities.