—Previously listed possible synergies between energy
poverty and climate actions have been mostly addressing either
climate change mitigation benefits of reducing ambient air
pollutants or benefits of increased deep energy-efficiency and
energy conservation through better technologies. This paper,
however, analyses implications of access to modern energy on
environmental and human wellbeing from the perspective of
adaptation to climate change and argues for another additional
synergy between two seemingly separate issues; the impacts of
improved access to modern energy services on the households’
resilience to climate stress. This argument is illustrated through
describing energy poverty situation and climate vulnerability of
Mongolia, a lower middle income country in Northern-east Asia.
Which is then followed by identification of possible direct
benefits of modern energy services on improved human,
financial and natural capital - crucial determinants of adaptive
capacity of households to climatic disruptions.
—Energy poverty, climate change adaptation,
climate resilience, Mongolia.
Bilegsaikhan Sumiya is with the Graduate School of Environmental
Studies at Seoul National University, Seoul, 151-742, Republic of Korea
Cite: Bilegsaikhan Sumiya, "Energy Poverty in Context of Climate Change: What Are the Possible Impacts of Improved Modern Energy Access on Adaptation Capacity of Communities?," International Journal of Environmental Science and Development vol. 7, no. 1, pp. 73-79, 2016.