National network for biomass energy in ColombiaThe Colombian Biomass Network RedBioCol is a network of individuals and organisations committed to contributing to the sustainable development of Colombian society by promoting the use of organic residues for energy generation.
Stronger Together: Why Networks of Energy Access Practitioners Matter
News from WISIONS posted on January 22nd, 2018
Access to energy has the potential to change lives across the Global South, and it is enshrined in Sustainable Development Goal 7. But often efforts are fragmented, and the same mistakes are repeated. That’s where networks of energy practitioners come in.
Energy practitioners are spearheading efforts to make sure that those most at risk of being ‘left behind’ are included. Their work in the field, academia, development institutions and in communities means that they have in-depth knowledge of the requirements, conditions, and challenges of ensuring sustainable energy access. Mobilizing their knowledge and expertise is essential to achieving SDG 7 and supporting many other SDGs for people and the planet.
- Molly Hurley Depret
- Jem Porcaro, Senior Director for Energy Access, UN Foundation
- Willington Ortiz Orozco, Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy
- Dipti Vaghela, Hydro Empowerment Network Coordinator and Fulbright Public Policy Fellow
- Mariela Pino, RedBioLAC Coordinator
- Harihara Mohapatra, COO, Clean Energy Access Network (CLEAN)
You can find the recorded webinar below and all slides as pdf here: ALL SLIDES Webinar1 WISIONS 18012018
The third national RedBioCol meeting will bring together all the members in Pasto, Nariño, and will take place on November 8-10, 2019.
The benefits of the use of biomass to generate energy in Colombia are many, particularly in the agricultural sector but also in other sectors with significant flows of organic residues.
RedBioCOL grew from the inspiring example provided by the Latin American network RedBioLAC. However RedBioCOL has a broader scope which includes biomass energy in all its forms, rather than biodigesters specifically. Since RedBioCOL’s foundation in 2012, its membership has grown to 80 organisations, including farmers’ associations, NGOs, small and medium-sized social enterprises, social movements, universities and educational institutes in both rural and urban locations.
The network links practitioners within a single country and, as a result, it can harness the synergies that exist between its members, as well as focus on specific national political, economic and social conditions.
RedBioCOL’s mission is to improve the perception of biomass-based energy systems among relevant stakeholders in Colombia. In order to achieve this, the network has the following objectives:
- Promoting the use of biomass energy technologies as a tool for improving farming systems and the livelihood of farmers
- Facilitating the exchange of experiences and knowledge among organisations and individuals
- Promoting the formulation and realisation of research and development projects that are relevant to the needs and conditions of the network’s individual members and associated organisations
Since its establishment, the network has put particular emphasis on field workshops that foster links and knowledge sharing between organisations (such as farmers’ associations, NGOs and enterprises) which advance specific technical and/or social innovations. Field workshops take place at sites where host organisations are in the process of implementing relevant innovations. In this way, representatives from the visiting organisations have the opportunity to learn first-hand about concepts that might be relevant in their own context.
The network organises a bi-annual national meeting with the aim of bringing together experiences from all over the country and presenting research and development on the subject of biomass energy. The national meetings are a platform for promoting the creation/strengthening the links between players who are involved or interested in the field. They are also a platform for disseminating information about the technologies and existing experiences to a broader audience.
RedBioCOL’s committees involve network members advancing specific areas that have been identified as strategic priorities for the further development of the network: communication, research, solidarity economy and local leaders/promoters.
The next bi-annual meeting will take place in 8-10 November, 2019 in Pasto, Nariño. More information can be found here.
RedBioCOL is supported by the WISIONS initiative as well as other organisations.