Whilst other countries may differ in terms of their energy policy and priorities, or access to diversified and clean energy sources, different scenarios can be defined and tailored with bespoke approaches.
As demonstrated in Bangladesh, these approaches can bring benefits to the economies and communities that they serve. They demonstrate that existing clean energy alternatives are more cost effective than continued reliance on conventional electricity sources, and must be considered when making long-term planning decisions around energy generation.
These types of positive benefits from clean energy are also likely to be achieved in other countries that currently have significant power generation from carbon-based fuels such as coal and petroleum. The case study further demonstrates that impacts on human health and employment from clean energy policies can be quantified with fairly limited country-specific data by leveraging existing research and data sources.
Specifically, human health impacts can be estimated without the need for detailed, country-specific emission monitoring, emission modeling, or detailed historical data—as long as there is some knowledge of the type of fuels being used and of the characteristics of the fuel, most importantly sulfur content.
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