Accelerating clean fuels at Clean Cooking Forum

October 24, 2017

From 24-26 October the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves organizes its biennial Clean Cooking Forum in New Delhi, India.  This year’s theme is “Driving Demand, Delivering Impact”. Hivos will participate in the event and share its experiences from the Hivos supported Cambodia Biogas programme on Wednesday October 25th, 2.30 pm.

Clean Cooking Forum
The Clean Cooking Forum, brings together over 500 global leaders and practitioners from business, finance, civil society, the UN, government, and academia. Working towards accelerating the production, deployment, and use of cleaner, more efficient cook stoves and fuels, the Forum will feature influential speakers, engaging learning sessions, enlightening site visits, and opportunities to build new partnerships.

Accelerating clean fuels
The Wednesday session, featuring Rob Bailis, senior scientist and co-author in a study about the Cambodia Biogas Programme, focusses on implementation practice and benefits of biogas. The Cambodia Biogas programme will be used as a case to zoom in to the socioeconomic considerations of access to clean stoves and fuels and experiences with technology adoption and distribution during the implementation process. Furthermore, panelists share lessons learned about the use of evidence-based clean cooking interventions to maximize health benefits.

Cambodia National Biogas Programme
Since 2006, Hivos supports the Cambodia National Biogas Programme (NBP) by facilitating the validation, measurement and verification of its greenhouse gas emission reductions and marketing its carbon credits through the Hivos Climate Fund. The NBP programme aims to develop a self-sustaining, market driven national domestic biodigester sector. It is establishing independent enterprises in rural areas and building their capacity on promotion, construction, internal quality control and after sales services. By mid-2017, over 26,000 biodigesters have been constructed in 15 different provinces. An important success factor is a special biogas loan made available through three nationally operating microfinance institutions. Over 70% of households have financed their biodigester with a loan. They pay it back within two years. Hyman (2017) in her PhD dissertation on carbon finance for the poor highlights the high impact of the Cambodia NBP:

“Evidence [….] supports the view that the NBP is a highly successful programme for the rural farmers that it serves. The program reflects demonstrated involvement with local institutions and local microfinance organisations, thereby enabling a foreign object to become appropriated by the Khmer rural population. These are no small feats and the study of their replication in expanded national contexts is worth pursuing [….] given the multiple public-service outcomes associated with the project, and the facilitating role that carbon finance has played”.

Read more about the Cambodia Biogas Programmer here.