Sustainable Energy Development - a public policy process

A focus on policy 

Governments around the world have increasingly recognised the potential socio-economic benefits from clean energy development. The benefits most often cited include reduced dependency on imported fuel, increased local manufacturing and value generation, job creation and local entrepreneurship, knowledge transfer, extended access to (clean) electricity, desalination and improved access to drinking and irrigation water. To achieve these goals and provide the conditions for feasible, viable and sustainable energy investment, the key challenge - beyond technological innovation - has proven to be policy.

Beyond investor-friendly regulation

Traditionally, however, policy considerations have focused on financial and technical aspects, mainly tailored to potential investors. Studies commissioned by donors and cooperation agencies have often viewed 'policy' as a static set of instruments, regulations and government-sponsored programs, while disregarding the importance of public policy as a process.

IDE-E's approach to renewable energy and energy efficiency deployment is based on the Public Policy Process. The approach encourages policy analysts and decision-makers to think of sustainable energy development as a continuous process of engagement between a country's government, stakeholders from different sectors, and the population.