RedBioCOL

National network for biomass energy in Colombia

The Colombian Biomass Network RedBioCol is a network of individuals and organisations committed to contributing to the sustainable development of Colombian society by promoting the use of organic residues for energy generation.

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First WISIONS Webinar to Take Place on 18 January 2018

News from WISIONS posted on December 27th, 2017

On 18 January, start off the New Year with WISIONS new webinar series! The first webinar, “Stronger Together: Why Networks of Energy Access Practitioners Matter”, will focus on why practitioners' networks are valuable.Read moreMinimize

Access to energy has the potential to change lives across the Global South, and it is enshrined in Sustainable Development Goal 7. But often efforts are fragmented, and the same mistakes are repeated. 

That’s where networks of energy practitioners come in. Energy practitioners are spearheading efforts to make sure that those most at risk of being ‘left behind’ are included. Their work in the field, academia, development institutions and in communities means that they have in-depth knowledge of the requirements, conditions, and challenges of ensuring sustainable energy access. Mobilizing their knowledge and expertise is essential to achieving SDG 7 and supporting many other SDGs for people and the planet. 

Register now and mark your calendar for 2 PM CET on 18 January 2018!

In the meantime, watch our latest video, From Paris to Action at Local Level in the Global South, from our side event at COP23 in Bonn! 

How can energy access practitioners and other non-state actors contribute to the global climate change agenda? Hear what practitioners, policymakers, and researchers have to say - and add your comments!


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Introduction

The national network was inspired by the Latin American net work RedBioLAC, but has a broader objective as it includes biomass energy in all its forms, instead of focusing solely on biodigesters. Since RedBioCol’s foundation in 2012 in Guapotá, its membership has grown to more than 35 and includes farmers’ associations, NGOs, small and medium-sized enterprises with social purpose, social movements, universities and educational institutes in both rural and urban locations.

The network links practitioners within a single country and, as a result, it can help to facilitate more regular face-to-face meetings to intensify the synergies that exist between its members, as well as focusing on specific national political, economic and social conditions. The aim is to promote the use of biomass in Colombia to generate energy in order to realise potential benefits, particularly in the agricultural sector but also in other sectors with significant flows of organic residues.

Mission & Goals

The main RedBioCOL 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: 

  • Promoting the use of biomass energy technologies as a tool for improving farming systems and the livelihood of farmers
  • Facilitating the exchange of experiences and knowledge among organisations and individuals
  • Promoting the formulation and realisation of research and development projects that are relevant to the needs and conditions of the network’s individual members and associated organisations

Activities

Since its establishment, the network has put particular emphasis on field workshops in order to foster links and knowledge sharing between organisations (such as farmers’ associations, NGOs and enterprises) which have advanced specific technical and/or social innovations with the general aim of improving the use of organic residues. Field workshops take place at the sites where the host organisations are in the process of implementing relevant innovations. In this way, representatives from the visiting organisations have the opportunity to learn at first-hand about concepts that might be relevant in their own context.

Bi-Annual Meeting

The network organises a bi-annual national meeting with the aim of bringing together experiences from all over the country and presenting research and development on the subject of biomass energy. The national meetings are a platform for promoting the creation/strengthening the links between players who
are involved or interested in the field. They are also a platform for disseminating information about the technologies, as well as about the national experience, to a broader audience.

The newly-established committees involve network members advancing specific areas that have been identified as strategic priorities for the further development of the network: communication, research, solidarity economy and local leaders/promoters.

Upcoming Events

Currently, there are no upcoming events.

Coordination & Support

The network is currently coordinated by a team comprising: Lylian Rodriguez (left, UTA Foundation), Fabian Henao (Terrazonet) and Gloria Pedraza (CIPAV). They can be directly contacted here.

It is supported by different organisations, one of which is the WISIONS initiative.