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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
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.
I would like to draw your attention of my recent blog “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.
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
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.
This webinar is intended for policy makers, practitioners and researchers interested in improving access to, and affordability of, clean cooking fuels . Participants will learn about Ghana’s transition to the LPG recirculation model to expand LPG access safely and effectively. They will discover an innovative program offering pay-as-you-cook LPG service for emerging markets: Envirofit’s SmartGas, with over 300 units in Kenya and Ghana. Finally they will hear about the findings on the economics of access to LPG in Haiti from a household perspective and the associated effects in terms of SLCP and greenhouse gas emissions
Jessica Alderman, Envirofit, Director of Communications & Public Relations
Jessica manages Envirofit’s global communications, public relations, marketing, and founded Envirofit’s women’s empowerment programs. She works closely with Envirofit’s subsidiaries and diverse international partners to create and implement marketing campaigns and women’s empowerment programs that can be adapted and delivered locally. With over 8 years of international experience, she has managed projects in Nepal, Uganda, Kenya, Laos, Israel and Palestine. Jessica received her BA in microbiology from Colorado College and her Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Prior to working at Envirofit, Jessica was a research and media consultant with USAID, UNFPA, the Women’s Global Empowerment Fund and Circle of Health International.
Alex Evans, GLPGP’s Chair, Operating Committee
Alex Evans is Chairman of the Operating Committee of the Global LPG Partnership (GLPGP). The GLPGP is an international public-private partnership launched in 2012 under the UN Sustainable Energy for All initiative whose mission is to lift one billion persons from energy poverty in developing countries by 2030 through market reform and investment interventions to scale up rapidly the supply, infrastructure, distribution and use of clean and affordable energy, specifically liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). Mr. Evans also serves as President & COO of Energy Transportation Group, a founding member of the GLPGP. Prior to ETG, Mr. Evans served as a senior executive in Fortune 500, public and privately-held companies in the global ICT sector.
Thomas Thivillon, Entrepreneurs du Monde (EDM)
Thomas Thivillon manages the impact evaluation arm of Microfinance Solidaire SAS, an impact investment fund set up by French NGO Entrepreneurs du Monde. As part of his work for Microfinance Solidaire, he chairs the Board of Directors of Palmis Enèji S.A.
Palmis Enèji is a social business venture based in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, which develops last-mile distribution channels for off-grid energy solutions
Changing Behavior webinar series in February 2018, was highly beneficial to Nyalore Impact a clean energy Last Mile Distributor working in rural Nyanza Kenya, a region with highest poverty rate in the country.
The BCC training brought together Community Health Extension Worker and village traditional midwives, who work under very difficult conditions especially if they have to conduct delivery in the night where there is no electricity or solar light provision at the dispensaries, among other partners. The serious effects of Indoor Air Pollution on household was very well communicated and the CHEWs, are really in a hurry to safe lives at rural and peri urban levels. This has thus driven demand of the clean cookstoves and fuels, Nyalore Impact can confirm to all partners/organization/clean energy entrepreneurs the importance of preparing the ground before planting the seed. This helps in avoiding white elephants in households and informing the communities on the health, social, economic, environment and sustainable developments benefits, to achieve the GACC target of 100 million household adopting clean cooking solutions and impact livelihood of the bottom of the pyramid and all. Many thanks to all the organizers of the webinar once again @SE4ALL @GLOBAL ALLIANCE CLEAN COOKING @ENERGY4IMPACT.