WISIONS of Sustainability

The main objective of WISIONS is to make clean energy a default solution for basic energy needs in developing regions, by helping local partners to identify successes and bring them to scale through regional networks, marketing and demonstration. Read more about WISIONS activities, goals and background.

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3rd Webinar: Beyond Cooking – Biodigesters For Family Farming In The Global South

News from WISIONS posted on May 23rd, 2018

Our latest WISIONS webinar took place on 28 May 2018! In this third edition of our webinar series, we discussed how biodigesters and biogas can support farmers to increase the efficiency of their farm and improve their wellbeing.Read moreMinimize

Biodigesters are best known for cooking and several national programmes have successfully promoted it for this purpose. But biodigesters are more than that. They can help to improve the livelihoods of rural households in the Global South by treating organic waste, improving management of soil nutrients, providing clean energy and organic fertilizer, to name just a few of their advantages.

In this webinar, we discussed how biodigesters and biogas can support farmers to increase the efficiency of their farm and improve their wellbeing. Are the benefits of biogas and biodigesters being deployed by farmers? If so, where is this happening? Which gaps/missing links can hinder the uptake of this technology? Lastly, how can family farmers be better supported to take advantage of biogas and biodigesters?

Speakers
Alex Eaton, Founder of SistemaBio 
Lylian Rodriguez, RedBioCOL
Willington Ortiz, WISIONS / Wuppertal Institute
Kevin Kinusu, Kenya Biogas Program

Moderator
Molly Hurley Depret

Watch the recording:

Download all individual slides from the presentations here: WISIONS Webinar Beyond Cooking All Slides 

Read more on our webinar series: WISIONS Webinar Series


Summary Of The Fourth Sustainable Energy For All Forum

News from WISIONS posted on May 13th, 2018

The fourth Sustainable Energy for All Forum convened from 2 - 3 May 2018 at the Convento do Beato in Lisbon, Portugal. Under the overarching theme of "Leaving No One Behind", approximately 900 representatives from government, business, civil society and international organizations highlighted the latest evidence of progress on Sustainable Development Goal 7 (to secure affordable reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all by 2030).Read moreMinimize

The Forum was organized around opening plenaries each morning, featuring a scene-setting keynote address and "Wake-Up Call", followed by high-level dialogues focusing on "Knowledge into Action" and "Disruptive Voices".Parallel "Deep Dive" discussions focused on critical energy sectors and emerging themes, such as energy in humanitarian settings, access to cooling, and interlinkages between energy and health.

Participants also met in 18 Partner Working Sessions, designed and organized by SEforALL partners, to catalyze action on specific issues that will enable progress on SDG7. A range of stakeholders addressed specific energy access issues and scalable innovations needed to achieve the three SEforALL objectives: ensuring universal access to modern energy services; doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix; and doubling the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency.

The first day focused on overcoming challenges. A highlight of the opening day was the presentation of the publication "Tracking SDG7: The Energy Progress Report", which benchmarks annual progress toward achieving the SDG 7 targets that directly relate to the SEforALL objectives. Despite encouraging progress in some countries and energy sectors, the 2018 report finds that overall progress toward the SDG 7 targets remains off track. In particular, the study reveals that one billion people – or 13% of the world’s population – still live without electricity, and an estimated 674 million people, mostly living in sub-Saharan Africa, will likely not have access to electricity by 2030. The slow uptake of clean cooking technologies is also highlighted, as is the less-than-hoped for increase in energy efficiency and renewables. Discussions throughout the day focused on the implications of these data on the ground and addressed remaining challenges and unmet needs.

The second day of the Forum focused on innovative solutions that can help deliver change at the speed and scale required to achieve SDG 7. Various commitments and new partnerships were announced under the campaign, "Shine: Investing in Energy Access for All", in which 35 philanthropists, faith leaders and private capital organizations have committed to advancing clean energy access.

Carmen Dienst from the WISIONS team participated in a panel discussion entitled Last Mile First: Maximizing the Impacts of Energy Access on the SDGs

The complete event summary is available in the SEforAll Bulletin.

Biogas Demonstration Unit For Sustainable Rural Energy Development in Argentina

News from WISIONS posted on May 7th, 2018

One of our recent SEPS projects aims to tackle the issues of rural energy scarcity, high volumes of biomass feedstock and problems associated with waste disposal by installing an anaerobic biodigester in the region of Los Pinos, Balcarce, Argentina.Read moreMinimize

As in other countries, small rural communities in Argentina have a scarce supply of energy but have the potential to harness high volumes of biomass feedstock from their agricultural and livestock activities for bioenergy generation. In addition to emissions produced by using fossil fuels, waste disposal related to poor waste management practices is an associated environmental challenge.

The project is being led by INTA and CONICET, organisations devoted to developing sustainable innovation and transformation, together with FCA–UNMdP.

Recently, they have successfully carried out the following activities:

  • Creation of a cooperative: “Cooperativa de Servicios y Consumo Los Pinos Ltda." (responsibilities include waste classification)
  • Training of people for the technical operation and maintenance of the biogas plant
  • Design of feedstock management and storage (including construction of a predigestion chamber)
  • Installation of a biogas plant with a potential power generation of 25 kW, as well as gas pipelines

Find more general information on this project on our SEPS project page: Biogas Demonstration Unit for Sustainable Rural Energy Development in the Humid Pampas of Argentina


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