US and International Perspectives
Edited by Raya Salter, Carmen G. Gonzalez and Elizabeth A. Kronk Warner
Chapter 4: Energy (and human rights) for all: addressing human rights risks in energy access projects
4. Damilola S. Olawuyi, Energy (and human rights) for all: addressing human rights risks in energy access projects. Lack of access to energy exacerbates other social challenges, including poverty, food insecurity, inadequate access to clean water, poor health, and stunted economic growth. However, many projects designed to promote access to both renewable and non-renewable energy, such as biofuel projects in Indonesia, nuclear power plant projects in Nigeria, hydroelectric projects in China, Panama, and Honduras, and the West African Gas Pipeline project in Nigeria and Ghana, have been plagued by human rights violations. The chapter examines law and governance innovations required to address human rights risks in energy access projects, including practical tools to incorporate human rights safeguards into national energy law and policy.
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