Fighting energy poverty

Students, researchers and academics at UQ are fighting to create a better world by providing access to cleaner, safer more sustainable sources of energy to those living in abject poverty. 

Energy is a vital element of community prosperity - it provides us with the ability to produce food and clean drinking water and enables us to access education.

However, over 17 per cent (1.2 billion) of the world’s population are without access to basic energy, and 38 per cent (2.7 billion) are without clean cooking facilities.

The Energy Poverty Research Group (EPRG) is working to change this. The EPRG was established at UQ to support energy-impoverished communities through utilising expertise across a range of disciplines.

Teams of PhD researchers within the EPRG from engineering, social science, communication and psychology backgrounds are working to support positive social, environmental and health outcomes in energy-impoverished communities.

UQ Chair in Sustainable Energy Futures, Professor Peta Ashworth, said the work that students and researchers were doing to tackle climate change and lift people out of poverty was extraordinary.

“For me, it is a privilege to be working alongside our highly-motivated students, who are already becoming the next agents for change in this highly-contested space,” she said.

If you would like to be a part of creating a better world for all humanity by providing access to cleaner energy sources, please consider donating today.