RedBioCOL

National network for biomass energy in Colombia

The Colombian Biomass Network aims to improve the perception of biomass technology, including biodigesters and gasifiers, in different areas of Colombia where the network has members through the dissemination of the various benefits of the technologies.

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New WISIONS Fact Sheet Presented at SE4ALL Forum in New York City

News from WISIONS posted on March 29th, 2017

The WISIONS team will participate in the 3rd Sustainable Energy for All Forum from 3 – 5 April 2017 in New York City. At the forum, the team will share success stories and experiences by presenting our latest publications - a fact sheet and a brochure on energy practitioner networksRead moreMinimize

Since its inception in 2004, WISIONS has aimed to empower local practitioners to identify and scale successful models and sustainable energy practices in their regional contexts. Twelve years on, we have taken stock of the achievements by quantifying our contributions to sustainable energy development. The facts and figures are summarised in our new fact sheet, which highlights benefits, numbers of activities, types of sustainable energy technologies supported and developments needs addressed. For example, the 110 projects and knowledge exchanges supported by the WISIONS initiative have provided access to sustainable energy for 95,131 households and 4,021 business and institutional units. For additional facts and figures and to learn more, download the fact sheet.

The Forum of SE4All takes place in the context of UN efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It will bring together more than 1,000 high-level representatives from government, business, civil society and international organisations. The theme of this year’s forum is “Going Further, Faster – Together” and the event will act as a marketplace to help broker new partnerships and ideas, spur investment and drive action towards sustainable energy and achieving SDG7.

The event will take place at Duggal Greenhouse, located in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, New York City. Further information is available on theSE4All Forum Website, including a day-by-day conference programme.


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Activities

Annual meeting

The second Annual Meeting of the Colombian Network of Biomass Energy (RedBioCOL) took place from 27th September to 1st October 2016 in the Meta Departamento, Colombia. Its objectives were to work on the network committees, to present achievements and future network challenges, to exchange experiences with local organisations, as well as various "learning by doing" activities in four communities in the Orinoquia Region.

WISIONS also supported and attended the first meeting of RedBioCOL, which took place in Medellín, Colombia in 2014. The event brought together more than 80 participants, from diverse sectors of the Colombian society and economy, interested in the energy potential of biomass resources. You can find more information here and all details in Spanish (including all presentations) here.

Workshops and events

To date, two national workshops have enabled participants to exchange experiences and innovations and to discuss future research, technical challenges and strategies for disseminating the technology and increasing the adoption of the technology by farmers.

Online Platform

The network has developed an online platform with information about former and upcoming events and organisations involved, as well as details of their vision and current activities.

Objective

The main shared objective during the first phase of the network is to improve the perception of biodigester technology among relevant stakeholders in Colombia. In order to achieve this, the network has set the following objectives: 

  • Identify successful experiences on different scales where biodigester technology has demonstrated a positive impact
  • Develop didactic material to be used through local communication media
  • Foster the exchange of knowledge, ideas and experiences among individuals and organisations working in the field of biodigestion and gasification in Colombia
  • Advance research on specific topics to enhance knowledge about biodigestion, gasification and the use of their products

Background

During the conferences of the Latin American Network for Biogas, RedBioLAC, it became apparent that to complement this huge regional network the development of national sub-networks would be an important next step towards the broader dissemination and increased advocacy of small scale biogas technologies. 

In order to make this goal a reality and explore the potential for a national network, experts and practitioners from Colombian organisations and institutions came together at an initial meeting from 15th -17th October 2012 to share experiences and discuss future advances in the field of biodigesters and other types of biomass energy in Colombia. The participants agreed to form the "Red Colombiana de Energía de la Biomasa" (RedBioCOL) as a national chapter of the RedBioLAC network.

The event was organised by the Colombian chapter of the Foundation for Tropical Sustainable Agriculture with the support of RedBioLAC and WISIONS.

Coordination and support

The network is currently coordinated by Lylian Rodriguez of the UTA Foundation and is supported by different organisations, one of which is the WISIONS initiative.