2014 – A busy year for StovePlus!
From January to December 2014, StovePlus organized, launched and worked on a range of projects around the world, from Mali to Indonesia and Ivory Coast to Myanmar.
2014 began with a significant study in Sierra Leone to assess the cookstove sector for the government to get the essential data and analysis required to develop and implement affordable and adapted cooking devices for the local population.
Three months later in Vientiane, Lao PDR, StovePlus organized a workshop for the Clean Stove Initiative in Lao PDR that announced the plan for the coming months to end the project as expected. After several months implementing and developing facilities for stove testing and supporting the local NGO LIRE, the project was able to support local producers to spread the stoves in Lao’s Northern provinces.
In May and June, our teams in Cambodia and Mali hosted a regional workshop dedicated to the StovePlus-GIZ stove study to explore 8 biomass cookstove business models and bring recommendations to financers in the cookstove sector. The attendees discussed preliminary findings and shared experiences and lessons learned. Two months later, a similar workshop was organized by StovePlus in Ivory Coast with similar invitees.
June was also the month of the 9th Asia Clean Energy Forum from June 16th – 20th in Manila. It was an occasion for StovePlus to meet cookstove and renewable energy actors and to present the first results of the study to the working group “Cooking and Heating” supported by the SE4ALL partnership.
In August, the focus was on the Indonesian project with a workshop in Jakarta to launch the Clean Stove Initiative Indonesia in which StovePlus invested 250 000 euros and provides technical support to build testing capacities and improve device quality thanks to its experience and good lessons learned.
One month later, StovePlus accompanied GERES in Myanmar to launch a new project with the local government and the European Union, SCALE, to replicate the lessons learned from the Cambodian success story to disseminate cleaner and more efficient cookstoves in Myanmar for 300 000 households and support 50 small and medium enterprises.
In October, baseline assessments were carried out in Mali to gather data on cookstoves used by 2 shea butter production centers. At the same time, trainings permitted the introduction of adapted cookstoves and allowed end-users to try out the devices. Data are gathering to measure how efficient are the new stoves comparing to the old one, and how to ameliorate the maximum the efficiency.
A hundred kilometers away, in Ivory Coast, a study was launched to assess the cookstove sector and collect data to develop a plan for the government to implement better quality stoves.
On the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, our lead technical advisor attended an ISO meeting in Guatemala to implement international standards for clean cookstoves worldwide to improve their efficiency.
One month later, he was in Beijing, China, where the Agricultural University organized a senior expert cookstove training to establish an exchange platform for scientists - including a research facility - from the South-South Sustainable Stove Group (S4G).
The last month of the year was significant for the whole sector with the Cookstove Future Summit in New York city. StovePlus was represented at the event by our program manager. It increased the global awareness of the benefits of improved cookstoves and investors promised to support the sector in the amount of $413 million for the next three years.
Also in December, the first session of our StovePlus Academy in Kenya took place and project implementers from different African countries were trained to strengthen their business and improve their skills.
Currently, the Sierra Leone project was put on hold because of the difficult context, the CSI project in Lao ended with good results and the projects in Ivory Coast, Mali, Indonesia and Myanmar are still on going.
What’s new in 2015?
In January, we will release our first publication “Building business cases to reach scale: A study on biomass cookstove business models in Asia and Africa”, carried out by our team and co-financed by GIZ.
Learn more at the start of the new year!