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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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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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.