Energy for Emergency Shelters

Emergency shelters provide a temporary solution of settlement for populations that have been displaced for reasons such as natural disasters or conflict. Emergency shelters aim to provide a habitable covered living space and a secure, healthy living environment, with privacy and dignity for its occupants in the immediate period after displacement.

This type of settlement can vary from temporary structures such as self-settled or planned camps to collective centers, rural or urban settlements or host families. Despite their temporary nature, emergency shelters might be used for the entire duration of the reconstruction process, and should therefore consider aspects such as energy supply on its implementation.

The following sections provide useful information energy technology options for emergency shelter situations.

Energy technologies for individual use

Technologies such as cooking stoves can be useful in emergency shelter situations to efficiently provide energy at the household or individual level

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Energy technologies for community use

Certain technologies can be applied at the community level, particularly those that require high investment and have the capacity to supply energy to a group of people simultaneously

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