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  • ESMAP Leads New Clean Cooking Program

    Yabei Zhang Posted 9 days ago

    https://esmap.org/node/181461

    April 05 2019

    Loughborough University and the World Bank’s Energy Sector Management Assistance Programme (ESMAP) joined forces in leading a UK aid research project to find innovative, clean and modern alternatives to biomass fuels, such as charcoal and wood.

    Currently, over a third of the world’s population cook using these polluting fuels, leading to around four million premature deaths each year – primarily among women and children.

    Using charcoal and wood to cook has a significant impact on climate change, contributing three per cent of the total CO2 emissions every year. The use of these biomass fuels, particularly charcoal, involves cutting and burning of wood sources, of which 34 per cent comes from unsustainable sources.

    The partnership between Loughborough University and UK aid will find ways for two billion people to use electricity to cook at home in an affordable, reliable and sustainable way. It will also find solutions to provide clean cooking options for the one billion people that do not yet have access to electricity.

    Minister for Africa, Harriett Baldwin, said: "We cannot ignore the impact of using unsustainable wood and charcoal for home cooking because it contributes to climate change and harms people’s health.

    "By using British expertise from world-leading UK research institutions and the private sector we can bring together the right technology, ideas and researchers to help tackle climate change and prevent millions of unnecessary deaths."

    Thanks to UK government funding already awarded to the team Loughborough University and Gamos, a company working with the social factors of technology, have produced a series of stove prototypes. These include battery supported stoves that people can use even if they live off-grid or don’t have reliable access to electricity.

    The £39.8 million programme, run by Loughborough University and ESMAP of the World Bank, will:

    • create a Challenge Fund, managed by the partners, for tech companies, research institutions and NGOs to apply for funding to invent alternatives to the use of traditional biomass fuels used in cooking. This fund will ask researchers to consider energy storage options, the impact on grid and infrastructure and alternative fuels such as LPG, ethanol and biogas all as possibilities for modern energy cooking services;
    • develop new technologies that make electric and gas cooking appliances more efficient, practical, desirable and affordable for poorer households;
    • work with the private sector to develop business models and financing methods that will help get electric and gas cooking appliances onto the market, such as the cooking pot developed by Loughborough University; and
    • provide evidence and insights on how and when countries can transition to modern energy cooking services.

    Professor Ed Brown, National Co-Coordinator of the UK Low Carbon Energy for Development Network at Loughborough University, said: "For too long clean cooking has been the poor relation of the global clean energy sector, receiving less attention and funding than electricity access. Without a major change in direction, the global commitment to bringing clean modern cooking services to everyone by 2030 stands no chance of being met.

    "With this programme, we intend to provoke a revolution in how the international community approaches this issue and significantly accelerate the progress being made in moving people away from cooking with biomass to really clean and modern energy cooking services."

    Rohit Khanna, Program Manager for ESMAP in the World Bank’s Energy and Extractives Global Practice, said: "Accelerating the transition to clean stoves and fuels requires a serious global effort to push the boundaries on innovative technologies and to mobilize unprecedented levels of public and private financing.

    "ESMAP brings to this partnership a wealth of experience and lessons learned in promoting clean cooking solutions, drawing on the World Bank’s work in low income countries."

    Loughborough University will also work with other UK research institutions such as The University of Birmingham, De Montfort University, Durham University, Gamos, The University of Liverpool, University College London, Newcastle University, University of Strathclyde, The University of Surrey and The University of Sussex.

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  • ESMAP BBL || World Bank Engagement in Clean Cooking in India || Mon, Nov 26, 10am - 12pm

    Caroline Adongo Ochieng Posted Dec 03 2018, 5:05 PM

    Click on the following link (or copy then paste the link in your browser) to view the recording.
    http://wbmsvctcs04/tcs/?id=7FA84300-E72E-4D52-970F-6A9FD5C6EC46

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  • The time to invest in energy access is now. A commentary by Rachel Kyte

    Caroline Ochieng Posted Sep 25 2018, 1:34 PM

    In this Commentary, Rachel Kyte, Chief Executive Officer of Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL), discusses the urgent need for investments towards energy access. On clean cooking she observes:

    Across the 20 countries with the largest clean cooking access gaps, representing 84% of those without access globally, the committed annual finance that can be tracked is in the tens of millions of dollars, compared with an estimated annual investment need of at least $4.4bn.  

    This inability to close the clean cooking investment gap has become a severe development problem – impacting on health, women’s time and natural resources. But it is one with solutions on offer. We need to examine how best to create big markets for affordable clean fuels and much more attention needs to be given to consumer finance, distributor finance, leasing and other mechanisms that have been used to open up markets to those on low incomes in other aspects of basic services. If we include the bundling of clean cooking into safety net payments and invest in innovative cook stove technologies, then this situation could improve rapidly.

    The full commentary can be accessed on this link http://www.lse.ac.uk/GranthamInstitute/news/the-time-to-invest-in-energy-access-is-now/?deliveryName=DM5334

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  • Assessing International Public Finance for Energy in Africa: Where Do Development and Climate Priorities Stand?

    Caroline Ochieng Posted Aug 06 2018, 1:47 PM

    A report by Oil Change International gives a snapshot of public finance into energy in Africa. The report claims that nearly 60% of official finance over 2014-16 for African energy schemes went to support fossil fuel projects, compared to just 18% for clean energy projects – which excluded large hydropower developments.  

    http://priceofoil.org/2018/07/23/assessing-international-public-finance-for-energy-in-africa/

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  • Kenya's Burn Manufacturing wins Bloomberg New Energy Pioneers award 2018

    Yekbun Gurgoz Posted Aug 02 2018, 12:05 PM

    https://about.bnef.com/new-energy-pioneers/

    https://burnstoves.com/burn-wins-bloomberg-new-energy-pioneer-award/

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  • [blog] Cooking helped us survive… modern energy cooking services can make us thrive

    Yabei Zhang Posted Jul 23 2018, 2:30 PM
    • Cooking
    • Sdg7
    • Energy Access
    • Blog

    I would like to draw your attention of my recent blog “Cooking helped us survive… modern energy cooking services can make us thrive”

    http://blogs.worldbank.org/energy/cooking-helped-us-survive-modern-energy-cooking-services-can-make-us-thrive

    Please kindly note that we have deliberately use the term “modern energy cooking service”. I highlighted “modern” instead of “clean” with the purpose to capture multiple dimensions/attributes of cooking (e.g. clean/health, efficiency, convenience, affordability, availability, and safety which the multi-tier framework is already measuring). I also highlighted “service” to emphasize the need to focus on end users and their preferences. Without focusing on the end users’ needs and their context in mind, any interventions are unlikely to be successful and sustainable. Let’s ensure we have these elements in our ECCH projects design and implementation in order to have more successful stories.

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  • What do you think the recent ProPublica article "Undercooked"?

    Yabei Zhang Posted Jul 18 2018, 8:59 PM

    The main complaints from the article have been the lack of health benefits and under delivery of climate benefits from biomass cookstoves. Solutions? LPG has been the highlighted solution in the article. There is also another article from Quartz referring to the ProPublica article and giving more emphasis on solar-powered electric cookstove. But both articles shied away from discussing the costs/time needed for providing either LPG or solar e-cook to nearly 3 billion people…what do you think?

    Undercooked: An Expensive Push to Save Lives and Protect the Planet Falls Short

    Millions of lives were at stake. Hillary Clinton was on board. Money poured in. And yet the big aims behind an effort to tackle the plague of third-world cooking fires has produced only modest gains.

    by Sara Morrison, July 12, 2018, ProPublica, https://www.propublica.org/article/cookstoves-push-to-protect-the-planet-falls-short

    THE WIN-WIN MIRAGE - A $75 million attempt to end indoor air pollution ended up siding with fossil fuels - Akshat Rathi,  Quartz, 14 July 2018

     

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  • Incentivizing a Sustainable Clean Cooking Market: Lessons from a Results-Based Financing Pilot in Indonesia

    Yabei Zhang Posted Jul 17 2018, 2:01 PM
    • OBA RBF Knowledge Hub
    • Clean cooking
    • Csi_indonesia

    Please kindly note that the package of a blog, a video, and a full report about the Indonesia Clean Stove Initaitive Results Based Financing pilot has been published on the WB website. It is not only a valuable experience for all of us and could be useful for many others. Please disseminate through your networks.  

    Blog: http://blogs.worldbank.org/eastasiapacific/node/3602

    Full report: http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/173331531226135009/pdf/128162-WP-P144213-PUBLIC-WBIndonesiaRBFWEB.pdf

    Video: http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/video/2018/07/17/cleaner-stoves-for-a-healthier-indonesia

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