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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Improving Agricultural Profitability With Solar Powered Mobile Cold Storage Options

News from WISIONS posted on June 4th, 2018

In the absence of cold storage and related cold supply chain facilities, many farmers in Nepal are forced to sell their produce immediately after harvest, resulting in oversupply and low revenues. Providing access to cold supply chain infrastructure for fruit and vegetables could help to reduce harvest losses and increase cash income for poor rural communities while simultaneously helping to meet growing domestic demand.Read moreMinimize

One of our most recent SEPS projects aims to demonstrate the viability and benefits of mobile solar powered cold storage systems. The People, Energy and Environment Development Association (PEEDA) will implement the first system of its kind in Nepal in the rural municipality of Baiteshwor.

During the first project phase, PEEDA has reached an agreement with local government authorities regarding the establishment of a solar cold storage system in the Baiteshwor municipality. They have also carefully selected a provider of electro-mechanical equipment.

The project team has discussed operational and maintenance tasks as well as financial management aspects with the beneficiaries and decided to conduct training after the completion of installation and commissioning of the cold storage system.

The beneficiaries are willing to contribute free labour during the civil construction and installation phase, which will enhance a participatory environment. Additionally, the local government has assured to provide support during installation, commissioning and post installation activities.

Updates on this project will be posted in our news blog. More general information is available on our SEPS project page: Improving Agricultural Profitability for Smallholder Farms by introducing Solar Powered Mobile Cold Storage


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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