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.

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Conference: Sustainable Energy For The Cambodian Garment Sector

News from WISIONS posted on March 13th, 2019

Our recent cooperation with GERES aims to demonstrate the potential of using agricultural residues as an energy alternative to unsustainable firewood in the manufacturing sector. Next week, our partners will present and discuss the project results in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.Read moreMinimize

The conference will take place on 19 March 2019 at the Raffles Hotel Le Royal in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Main objectives include:

  • The presentation and discussion of project results
  • The introduction of available solutions for sustainable thermal energy generation and production of biomass fuels through round table discussions with international professionals of the sector
  • Networking between garment factory representatives, rice millers, investors, and other professionals of the biogas sector

Project Background: During the last decade, Cambodia has achieved an average GDP growth of 8%. This growth goes with a surge in energy demand, reached through primary solid biomass, which provides approximately 64% of the final energy demand. Although household cooking still drives most of this demand, forest wood demand from industries is on the rise, driven by urbanisation and industrialisation with the development of energy-intensive industries such as garment and bricks.

In this context, GERES with the support of the Cambodia Climate Change Alliance (CCCA), has first studied the potential of agricultural residues to replace unsustainable firewood in the manufacturing sector. In a second phase, with the support of CCCA, H&M Group and the WISIONS Initiative, GERES has worked closely with Cambodian garment factories and rice millers to support the emergence of a supply of a sustainable biomass fuels aimed at the garment sector for their thermal energy needs.

More general information on this SEPS project: Supporting the Energy Switch of the Garment Industry in Cambodia through Increased South-South Knowledge Exchange among the Value Chain Stakeholders


Promoting Commercial Biogas Use In The Nepalese Poultry Industry

News from WISIONS posted on November 29th, 2018

Winrock International aims to demonstrate the viability of an innovative business model using credit financing, grants and equity for promoting commercial biogas use in the poultry industry in Nepal.Read moreMinimize

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 which has not been successfully demonstrated 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 (initiated in January 2018) were to effectively engage with local stakeholders, to create awareness about commercial biogas use in the poultry industry and to build capacity amongst poultry farmers.

The project team at Winrock Nepal was successful in engaging the stakeholders, as well as in creating awareness and building capacity amongst selected poultry farmers (from the Rupandehi, Kapilbastu, and Nawalparasi districts) on commercial biogas technology in Nepal.

A meeting with AEPC to kickstart the project was held in February 2018, followed by literature reviews and a consultation with experts from Bangladesh and Nepal to share best practice in biogas digester technology 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


A Community Energy Centre And Eco Sustainability Park In Independencia, Chile

News from WISIONS posted on September 24th, 2018

The Municipality of Independencia, Chile, seeks to establish a Community Energy Centre in an Eco Sustainability Park in the city. This centre will provide an educational space for renewable energy for all local communities within the municipality and for other interested parties. Read moreMinimize

Independencia has a population of 800,000 living in an area of 7 km². A variety of initiatives are already in place to demonstrate renewable energy possibilities in the area; examples include the construction of solar kitchens and the installation of a hundred solar cookers.

It is envisaged that the Eco Sustainability Park will not only include the construction of the Community Energy Centre, but also a nursery school and a recycling centre. More than 10,000 inhabitants in the densely-populated local neighbourhood, primarily working-class, are expected to benefit from the services offered.

Recently, our local project partner (the Municipality of Independencia) carried out the following activities:

  • The definition of a detailed baseline survey on criteria, including local energy consumption, waste generation, commercial activities and population development.
  • The design of an innovative "Compact2" biodigester to be installed at the project site; once the system is up and running, training sessions on operation, maintenance and monitoring will be delivered.
  • The calculation and quantification of environmental and economic benefits of the biodigester at the Community Energy Centre.

The project team has also presented their project at three "Climate Change Academies" in the Los Lagos, Antofagasta and Valparaíso regions. Read more about this here (Spanish only).

Next project steps include the installation of the biogas system and training sessions for future users and the local community, as well as the design and delivery of educational materials to be used at schools and universities.

Find more general information on our SEPS project page: Community Energy Center and Eco Sustainability Park in the Municipality of Independencia


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