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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WISIONS Side Event at COP23 in Bonn, 16th November

News from WISIONS posted on November 2nd, 2017

COP23, the UN Climate Change Conference 2017 will take place from 6th - 17th November under Presidency of the Government of Fiji in Bonn, Germany. The WISIONS team will participate in the conference and also host a side event on 16th November 2017.Read moreMinimize

On 16th November 2017, WISIONS is hosting a side-event in Bonn, which will take place in the Post Tower, directly next to the Bonn Zone, the event is entitled:

From Paris to Action at Local Level in the Global South – What Role Can Local Energy Practitioners and Existing Knowledge Networks Play?

Following the adoption of the Paris agreement and the SDG Agenda 2030, the focus of debate is shifting towards (a) how to connect the implementation of both agendas and find synergies; and (b) how to involve and strengthen activities of non-state actors at local level.

Energy practitioners are key actors on the frontline of efforts to provide energy services to unelectrified and under-served areas, thereby contributing to several SDGs simultaneously. 

At the same time, energy practitioner knowledge networks have proven to be successful in strengthening capacities and exchange of know-how. 

Despite this background, the role of energy practitioners as change agents is often not recognised by themselves, nor reflected in the debates on the SDGs and climate action.

In this panel discussion and two following workshops we would like to discuss these aspects with experts from different fields in the climate, energy and development contexts and with practitioners from Latin America and Asia.

Details on the event's panelists, programme and venue can be found here.

You can follow us on Twitter during the COP23 @wisions or our Wuppertal colleagues @wupperinst under the hashtag #MakingParisPossible


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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.