The objective of this study is to better understand current developments in clean and efficient biomass cooking solutions, factors that have precluded a larger penetration of ICS within the region, and lessons learned from past programs—both in the region and in other countries—that may be relevant to Central America. The study recommends key actions that may help the region step up its current dissemination efforts and promote sustained use of ICS, a first step toward universal access to ICS by fuelwood users.
As it has for 30 years, the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) is actively helping low- and middle-income countries meet their energy challenges and take advantage of new opportunities. This annual report looks at ESMAP's work in Fiscal Year 2012 with an emphasis on the program's four main focus areas: energy access, clean energy, energy efficient cities, and energy sector assessments and strategies. During this period, ESMAP continued its reorientation to better serve
The World Bank has pledged to ensure that its activities are consistent with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and to assist its clients in meeting their commitments. Because energy generation is a key source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, this pledge will affect the Bank's investment strategy in the energy sectors of client nations. To inform the debate over suitable strategies for the Bank, the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) recommended that the Bank examine how the economic analyses of recently approved energy projects might ha
Developing countries are faced with the dual challenge of reducing poverty while improving management of natural capital and mitigating the emission of greenhouse gases and local pollutants.
The event was primarily atended by World Bank staff but also included a number of external participants, including representatives from ESMAP donor and client countries and civil society organizations.
Central American countries have achieved a strong degree of energy integration in recent years, as well as institutional coordination through joint power expansion planning. However, the region's vulnerability to external shocks in the energy sector has increased over recent years.