Globally, there are about 1 billion people without access to electricity and about 3 billion relying on traditional fuels for cooking and heating. The UN Sustainable Development Goal 7 aims bring universal energy access to all by 2030. At the same time, developing countries are facing multiple stresses, including climate change, natural hazards and conflicts that can disrupt critical infrastructure, such as energy. Progress towards development goals cannot be maintained without building more resilience.
In this talk, Dr Li will introduce the Solar Decathlon China 2021 and the Bag, Box, Building, Community design concept (BBBC) for a modular transitional housing prototype to meet the needs of disaster relief teams and support recovery and reconstruction in the long-term.
Dr To will then outline the energy access and energy resilience challenges that need to be addressed. She will also talk about the need for integrated energy resilience planning at the local level, as well as activities under the humanitarian stream of the Modern Energy Cooking Services Programme. The talk will end with some reflections on the BBBC concept and its contribution to the emerging field of Humanitarian Engineering.
Dr To is an Engineering for Development Research Fellow funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering at Loughborough University, and is an Honorary Lecturer in the Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy at University College London. She has an interdisciplinary background with a Batchelor of Engineering in Photovoltaic and Solar Energy Engineering, a Batchelor of Arts in History and Philosophy of Science, and a PhD that spans both disciplines.