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  • New Initiative on improved biomass cookstoves launched | GVEP International
    reduce the products of incomplete combustion which are greenhouse pollutants thus helping combat climate change This initiative of MNRE is envisaged to be structured differently from the earlier National Programme on Improved Chulhas although it will build on the several successes of that programme while also drawing lessons from the experience gained from its implementation The starting point of the current exercise is the user The solution on offer should first and foremost be easy to use and maintain and conform to local cooking habits across the country Its adoption must make economic sense to the household The programme is conceived not as a handout to poorer households but rather as an economically sustainable business solution As the Prime Minister of India has often said we need to make the poor of this country bankable This new initiative is also based on the recognition that that cookstove technology has improved considerably in the past few years But further advances are still possible and indeed essential Our aim is to achieve quality of energy services from cookstoves comparable to that from other clean energy sources such as LPG MNRE has held several brainstorming sessions and consultations over the past few months with a range of stakeholders and experts from civil society academia business and government to develop an understanding of current activities and future potential of such a programme The Prime Minister s Office has been closely associated with these deliberations Under this Initiative a series of pilot scale projects are envisaged using several existing commercially available and better cookstoves and different grades of processed biomass fuels This will help in exploring a range of technology deployment biomass processing and delivery models leveraging public private partnerships At the same time it will set in motion a series of activities that are

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  • Innovative finance for low-carbon development in Africa | GVEP International
    at Chatham House in London on 28th January Large investments will need to be made to get developing countries energy systems on a different track than the one the industrialised countries have followed if the problem of climate change is to be tackled The sums required cannot be met by the public sector alone Private sector investment in renewable energy technologies in developing countries will need to be facilitated and increased At the same time discussions on aid effectiveness are influencing the debate on financing development Thus the British Department for International Development DFID is scoping opportunities to make use of innovative finance possibilities for low carbon development As part of a larger work programme for DFID GVEP International was invited to a high level policy conference at the Royal Institute of International Affairs Chatham House to present its ideas how the concept of Advance Market Commitments could be translated into practical action Advance Market Commitments are a concept coming from the health sector where it helped to bring forward vaccine development and production in developing countries The aim of the conference was to discuss how the concept could be applied to stimulate action on low carbon innovation and energy

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  • Using Mobile to Extend the Grid | GVEP International
    telecoms industry which has already brought phones beyond the fixed telecoms grid which holds the key to this next infrastructure innovation The opportunity exists for mobile network operators to provide electricity beyond the base station and into local communities a phenomenon which the GSMA Development Fund calls Community Power Mobile network operators are trialling different approaches at a minimum operators can provide excess power to the community for small needs like charging up mobile handsets large household batteries and rechargeable lanterns At a maximum the consistent power requirements of a mobile base station provide a stable anchor demand for a bigger investment by a third party company in a village energy system powering both the base station as well as local homes and businesses The GSMA forecasts that there is potential for 200 000 Community Power projects worldwide which could provide sustainable electricity to 120 million people To accelerate the formation of this energy ecosystem GSMA Green Power for Mobile calls on existing and emerging stakeholders to highlight their interest in this proposal specifically Operators and tower companies that are interested to pilot and move to full scale implementation of the Community Power model Vendors and energy companies that are

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  • World Bank launched consultations for improved access to energy | GVEP International
    Policy briefings Studies and reports Technology factsheets Training material Resources World Bank launched consultations for improved access to energy Posted by Laure Ego 02 Feb 2010 The World Bank has launched online consultations for the World Bank Group Energy Strategy The online consultations are part of broader effort to gather input from a wide range of perspectives on how the Bank Group can best help developing countries improve the access and reliability of energy while helping facilitate the shift to a more environmentally sustainable energy development path In addition to collecting comments online WBG will hold a series of meetings videoconferences and other events in the first phase of consultations from February 2010 to June 2010 The feedback collected will be used to inform the drafting of a new energy strategy An approach paper has been posted online for public review in Arabic Chinese English French Spanish and Russian together with background papers in English For more information go to www worldbank org energyconsultations This is a good opportunity for the household energy community to express its views on the future World Bank energy strategy Share this page Interested in our work See our programmes in Africa Why energy access

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  • New IDEAS to sustain renewable energies in Central America | GVEP International
    the water extracting their oil and converting the oil into biodiesel A laboratory and pilot plant will be established near the lake 655 industries based around Lake Amatitlan and about a million Guatemalans stand to benefit from this new source of green fuel And then there are the environmental advantages removing the algae will of course clean up the lake And there are plans to replicate the project in other parts of Guatemala once the methodology has been refined As GVEP s CEO Sarah Adams explains If a successful commercial model can be established this can be replicated to other contaminated lakes and rivers in Latin America which are suffering from the same problem transforming waste into locally produced clean energy A local source of biofuel and improved water quality two benefits for the price of one project Click here for full project description A second Central American winner in the 2009 IDEAS Energy Challenge is a joint venture between an Honduran renewable energy association Asociacion Hondureña de Pequeños Productores de Energia AHPPER and Energia Para Aldeas EPA a subsidiary of US based development organisation Village Energy Inc Recognising the fact that some rural villages in Honduras are too remote for them to be linked to the national electricity grid but that often just a small scale pico hydropower plant would give them access to enough electricity to run basic equipment such as lighting and radios APPHER and EPA aim to make this a reality The idea is that local communities will initially be employed to assist in the construction of the plants After a period of five years the villagers will partially own the hydroelectric plants and will be in a position to pay themselves an income Two prototype pico hydro businesses have already been established and it is

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  • Financial Opportunities: SSI, the FGEF’s Small-Scale Initiatives Programme | GVEP International
    eligible for an FGEF grant The French Global Environment Facility FGEF has launched the second project phase of its Small Scale Initiatives Programme which supports civil society organisations in Africa which are actively working on biodiversity protection and climate change action Following an initial phase during which 56 projects were funded from 2006 to 2008 with very positive results the FGEF has decided to launch a second project phase from 2009 to 2011 Two project competitions will be launched each year with the best 10 to 15 projects selected each time The second project competition opened in November 2009 The FGEF will contribute a maximum of 50 000 euros to each project FGEF financing will not exceed 50 of the total in cases where other international agencies or NGOs will be co financing the project In cases where only contributions from local populations NGOs authorities or financial partners are involved the FGEF will fund up to 75 of the total Before applying for a grant from the FGEF please read the project competition rules carefully Submission deadline for the second call is 15th of February 2010 6 00 p m Paris time The SSI programme is managed by the French

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  • Briquettes: a more affordable fuel and a profitable business for small entrepreneurs in East Africa | GVEP International
    method of cooking Briquettes are made by consolidating compacting a stock of combustible material commonly agricultural or forestry waste Daniel began by collecting piles of charcoal dust pieces of charcoal too small for consumers to use yet making up to 10 20 of all charcoal sold and turning this into an affordable fuel We were told how to do it by hand and we started with the little money we were having we could not wait for pressing machines The charcoal dust is simply mixed with locally available clay moulded into balls and left to dry in the sun for 3 days The resulting product is a winner with consumers who are getting frustrated with rising charcoal prices David Odindi who runs a small hotel in town says there s no smoke the price is cheap and it doesn t smell It didn t take long for sales to pick up When I first went to the market in June I went with half a bag and I came back with a quarter People were just taking them like this saying what are they I was not discouraged as people come to know about it sales went up Now even if I take two bags to market I sell them all For Daniel the key stimulus was a mentoring session he had some months after initial Business Development Skills training Before it was just hand to mouth business We make we sell we eat But I found out the business and I are two different things altogether which means I can respect my business more than I can respect myself His production is now up to over half a tonne of briquettes per week And he is able to earn almost as much as a teacher would up to 300

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  • News | GVEP International
    and allow solar enterprises to reach clients with low or irregular incomes Vacancies at GVEP International East Africa deadline extended GVEP International is inviting applications for two new positions a Regional Manager and a Programme Manager to support Energy Small and Medium Enterprises in selected countries in East and West Africa Deadline extended for applications submission 11 June 2010 Presentations from the CREF Available Online Information from the Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum CREF that took place in Jamaica in October 2009 is now available online About 300 participants from 37 countries 12 Government Ministers and representation from the vast majority of the region s utilities attended the forum whose main objective was to drive forward the renewable energy agenda in the Caribbean GVEP I s work in line with UN Energy Report s recommendations According to the latest UN Energy Report published last November link below around a quarter of the world s population 1 5 billion people live without access to electricity and around 3 billion rely on solid fuels like firewood charcoal and dung Improved cooking stoves which use fuel efficiently producing little smoke are still not as widely available Indian Government announces new Bio fuel policy On the 24th December 2009 the Indian government released its new National Bio fuel Policy The new policy has taken into account the potential for native oilseed species in bio diesel production clearly emphasising the use of indigenous feedstock species for the development of this sector Clean Energy Business Plan Competition and Financing Forum for Africa The Climate Technology Initiative Private Financing Advisory Network CTI PFAN has just announced the launch of the Africa Forum for Clean Energy Financing AFRICEF Green entrepreneurship takes off in Colombia Bright new ideas are emerging from Colombia in response to global warming and energy access

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