School of Engineering and IT

Analysis of Future Energy Demand Scenarios of Myanmar in the Context of SDGs

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which replace the previously implemented Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. One of the features that makes SDGs unique compared to MDGs is the interlinkage characteristics of the targets which, unlike MDGs, requires an integrated planning by taking into consideration of impacts and benefits across all sectors. This is especially important for the Goal#7, as energy is the fundamental enabler across the SDG target areas including food, health, water, education, smart city and income. Achieving the Goal#7, particularly for developing countries like Myanmar where an integrated resource planning is largely absent, poses a big challenge not only because of the scale of transformation required in a resource constraint environment but also the level of complexity of the interconnectedness of sectoral elements. This project thus aims to develop a framework to undertake SDGs responsive integrated energy planning by determining the interrelationship of SDG targets and indictors, and the dynamics of energy demand in achieving the targets. Using the Long-range Alternatives Energy Planning (LEAP) tool, this project will develop and compare the Business-as-Usual (BAU) and SDGs scenarios for Myanmar, which will serve as a guideline for policy-makers in other developing countries.

Project duration: May – December 2017

Project team

Dr. Tania Urmee, Senior Lecturer, School of Engineering and Information Technology, Murdoch University

Professor Parisa Bahri, School of Engineering and Information Technology, Murdoch University

Dr. Anis Zaman, Adjunct Faculty, School of Engineering and Information Technology, Murdoch University; and Director, Climatech International

Project Support

Ms. Gloria Rapf, PhD Researcher, School of Engineering and Information Technology, Murdoch University