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.
Energy Switch Of The Cambodian Garment Industry
News from WISIONS posted on December 12th, 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.
In order to select the participants to the exchange activities who would benefit the most from a study tour to Vietnam, GERES identified and mapped 33 suppliers of H&M in Cambodia. Following the mapping, GERES contacted large rice mills established nearby the selected garment factories. Eventually, more than 20 rice millers, with an average annual rice husk production ranging from 3,000 tons to 50,000 tons, were identified. After an introduction to the project, they were interviewed about their activity, their use of rice husk and their potential interest in rice husk briquetting.
This mapping led to the development of a database listing H&M garment suppliers with their average firewood consumption (based on data collected by H&M in 2017) and rice millers with their average production capacity. Among the 20 rice millers identified, GERES selected 10 to participate in a study tour to Vietnam to visit rice husk briquetting machine suppliers and rice husk briquette producers.
The actual study tour took place in September 2018 in Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong Delta Area.
Besides getting to know different suppliers, the activities allowed the Cambodian rice millers to learn more about rice husk briquette production, the potential benefits and the necessary steps to implement the technology back home.
Next steps include a video of the study tour and other communication materials, as well as a study tour for the garment factory representatives.
More general information on this SEPS exchange activity: Supporting the Energy Switch of the Garment Industry in Cambodia through Increased South-South Knowledge Exchange among the Value Chain Stakeholders
Watch Our Fifth Webinar: "Alternative Financing Ideas For Small-Scale Renewable Energy"
News from WISIONS posted on December 5th, 2018
Financing is always top of mind for energy practitioners working on small-scale renewable energy projects. Many organisations struggle by year on year with project funding, which limits the sustainability of many small-scale renewable energy efforts. Undeterred, however, non-profit organisations and social businesses are looking for novel solutions to the financing challenge, solutions that are essential for achieving the SDGs and climate goals.
The speakers in this webinar
have been at the forefront of finding creative, innovative ways to
finance energy practitioners’ critical work. We learned about
alternative financing from multiple perspectives: Nexus for Development spoke about their major finance mapping report Financing Renewable Energy in South East Asia;
bettervest talked about its work as a crowd investing platform for
renewable energy projects; and Winrock International Nepal spoke
about its work as a project developer and long-standing cooperation
partner of WISIONS.
Zita de Pooter, Grants and Membership Manager, Nexus for Development
Rohit Sen, Strategic Cooperation and Business Development Manager, bettervest
Badri Nath Baral, Director-REPSO Nepal, Winrock International
Molly Hurley Depret
Download the presentations: WISIONS Webinar Alternative Financing Slides
Promoting Commercial Biogas Use In The Nepalese Poultry Industry
News from WISIONS posted on November 29th, 2018
Currently, poultry farms often rely on diesel generators to meet their energy needs due to the unreliable supply of grid electricity. However, despite the perceived advantages, the implementation and upscaling of biogas technology in the commercial sector in Nepal faces several barriers. These include high investment costs, lack of credit from financial institutions, lack of confidence in the technology with no successful demonstration in Nepal and inadequate information about the application of the technology and its potential benefits for poultry farm owners.
The major objectives of the first project phase (which was initiated back in January 2018) were to effectively engage with local stakeholders, to create awareness on commercial biogas use in the poultry industry, and to build capacity of the poultry farmers.
The project team at Winrock Nepal was successful in engaging the stakeholders as well as creating awareness and building capacity of selected poultry farmers (from Rupandehi, Kapilbastu, and Nawalparasi districts) on commercial biogas technology in Nepal.
A project kickoff meeting with AEPC was held in February 2018, followed by literature reviews and a consultation with experts from Bangladesh and Nepal, sharing best practices of biogas digesters at poultry farms. Furthermore, Winrock was able to effectively engage with the Nepal Hatchery and Poultry Association, AEPC, as well as financial institutions such as NMB Bank.
Future updates will be published in our news blog. More general information on this SEPS project is available on our SEPS project page: Unlocking Credit to Promote the use of Commercial Biogas in the Poultry Industry