Energy access

On March 6th, 2015, our Advocacy and Research Officer, Tina Marchand, represented the StovePlus team at a  GIZ – KfW hosted workshop, “Improving energy access: Harmonising methodologies and principles for monitoring access”. The workshop gathered a multitude of international actors involved in improving energy access, including the EU Commission, World Bank, WHO, GIZ, KfW, ENDEV and SNV.

Monitoring improved energy access on a global scale is a challenging task, but these actors came together to share experiences, combine efforts and create synergies. Donors, development banks, governments and international organisations all have their own monitoring systems and frameworks to track progress, and now they are taking concrete steps to develop them in unison.

A working group session on cooking energy was especially relevant for StovePlus and all those involved in the cookstove sector. Participants discussed the monitoring frameworks and databases currently employed in the sector and methods used to track access to improved cooking devices.  

As evidence grows on the health impacts related to inefficient biomass cooking, experts are encouraging the use of more accurate indicators to monitor improved access to clean cooking, in particular moving towards exposure values rather than emissions. Experts emphasize the importance of going beyond stove performance in understanding health improvements, such as factoring in fuel stacking dynamics, the cooking environment (e.g. kitchen space, indoor vs. outdoor cooking), stove characteristics (e.g. chimney) and local cooking habits (e.g. cooking duration and intensity). Health benefits from improved cookstoves may vary substantially according to the specific conditions, and as a result many are looking towards a multi-tiered approach which would factor in such characteristics.

The workshop was a great step forward for the harmonisation of global monitoring frameworks and talks amongst these actors are expected to continue throughout the year.