WISIONS of Sustainability
Our mission is to empower individuals and communities to transform the production and use of energy so that it effectively enables sustainable development. Read more about WISIONS activities, goals and background.
New Article: Energising The WEF Nexus To Enhance Sustainable Development At Local Level
News from WISIONS posted on July 30th, 2018
The water-energy-food (WEF) nexus is increasingly recognised as a conceptual framework able to support the efficient implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Despite growing attention paid to the WEF nexus, the role that renewable energies can play in addressing trade-offs and realising synergies has received limited attention.
Until now, the focus of WEF nexus discussions and applications has mainly been on national or global levels, macro-level drivers, material flows and large infrastructure developments. This overlooks the fact that major nexus challenges are faced at local level.
Aiming to address these knowledge gaps, the authors conduct a systematic analysis of the linkages between small-scale energy projects in developing countries and the food and water aspects of development.
The analysis is based on empirical data from continuous process and impact evaluations complemented by secondary data and relevant literature. The study provides initial insights into how to identify interconnections and the potential benefits of integrating the nexus pillars into local level projects in the global south. The study identifies the complex links which exist between sustainable energy projects and the food and water sectors and highlights that these needs are currently not systematically integrated into project design or project evaluation. A more systematic approach, integrating the water and food pillars into energy planning at local level in the global south, is recommended to avoid trade-offs and enhance the development outcomes and impacts of energy projects.
New Project: Supporting Energy Switch In The Cambodian Garment Industry
News from WISIONS posted on July 25th, 2018
The Cambodian garment sector’s total consumption of firewood is estimated to be about 302,000 tonnes per year. Currently, most of the wood comes from Economic Land Concessions clearing, which has rendered the price of wood artificially low.
One promising alternative could be the use of rice husk briquettes, as Cambodia produces around 1.5 million tonnes of rice husk each year. In Vietnam, for instance, rice husk is already widely used as an alternative fuel source.
This SEPS exchange will organise two study tours to Vietnam and one conference.
- One study tour will enable 10 Cambodian rice millers to visit Vietnam to benchmark already proven rice husk processing technologies;
- The other study tour will provide 10 garment factory owners with knowledge on renewable energy boiler equipment and will replicate successful technologies in Cambodia;
- Finally, the capitalisation conference will bring together rice millers, factory owners, international brands and public authorities to raise awareness of the environmental footprint of the manufacturing industry and introduce alternative options for a sectoral switch to sustainable fuel consumption in the Cambodian garment industry.
Updates on the activities will be published in our news blog. More general information on this collaboration between WISIONS, GERES, the Cambodia Climate Change Alliance and H&M is available here: Supporting the Energy Switch of the Garment Industry in Cambodia through Increased South-South Knowledge Exchange among the Value Chain Stakeholders
Macro Lessons For Micro Hydro In Nepal
News from WISIONS posted on July 19th, 2018
The objective of the training workshops was to build the capacity of micro-hydro plants to operate as commercially viable enterprises. This objective was achieved by focusing on knowledge exchange, managerial and business model training, business plan development and computer-based account management systems.
The workshops provided everything from instruction on accounting practices (single- vs. double-entry) to maintenance checklists (bolt turbine connections once a year) to meter-reading basics (set aside days each month and inform customers in advance).
Participants at a recent workshop began by sharing what they had learned and implemented from earlier training sessions. Amongst other things, managers reported the following changes: extended service hours, increased salaries to motivate employees and the introduction of late fees or a policy of disconnecting customers who had not paid their bills.