Membership Tier: Associate
In July 2014, Chatham House’s Energy, Environment and Resources Department inculcated the Moving Energy Initiative in conjunction with the UK Department for International Development. After releasing two preliminary papers assessing the existing literature, and the policy and practice around the provision of sustainable energy for refugees, Chatham House became a founding member of The Moving Energy Initiative (MEI) consortium in February 2015.
The MEI seeks to improve the provision of sustainable energy solutions for forcibly displaced people and to deliver benefits for the forcibly displaced themselves, for camp operators, host governments and for the environment. In 2015 Chatham House will release a report, drawing on a series of interviews with UNHCR camp operators across the world, that will outline the case for finding sustainable energy solutions that improve outcomes for health, security, livelihoods, emissions, and cost-savings. If harnessed in the right way, this report will argue that sustainable energy interventions have the potential to benefit not only the refugees and displaced persons themselves but also host populations and the environment.
As an Associate Member, Chatham House would hope both to learn from other organizations working in this space and to share the experiences and outcomes from this work with partners in the SAFE initiative. Cooperation at the 2015 SE4All Forum between the MEI and SAFE initiatives suggests that this form of shared working can have benefits for all parties by amplifying our messages and reaching new target audiences.