NewsletterIssue | January 2013
January 8 2013
An ESMAP-funded project set out in 2010 to support the Maldives in its goal to move towards carbon neutrality by helping to develop a robust regulatory body for the energy sector.
December 3 2012
ESMAP held a Knowledge Exchange Forum with European bilateral development agencies in Paris on November 27-28, 2012. The event was hosted by Agence Française de Développement (AFD) at their headquarters. This consultative meeting with was organized to brief staff from bilateral agencies on ESMAP’s activities and to share experiences from their respective programs. The forum included sessions on renewable energy resource mapping, scaling up geothermal energy in developing countries, results-based financing for energy projects, energy access in Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Sustainable Energy for All initiative (SE4All). More than 30 technical experts from European agencies attended, with participants coming from Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Iceland, Norway, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and the European Union.
December 21 2012
Africa Clean Cooking Energy Solutions (ACCES), an ESMAP-supported initiative that was launched on November 15, has begun activities in Uganda, Senegal and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). ACCES works to scale up modern, clean cooking solutions and fuels in Sub-Saharan Africa. In Uganda, the initiative is commissioning an in-depth consumer research study, and working with the Uganda National Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, which is coordinating the national action plan on clean cooking. In Senegal, the initiative is conducting a market assessment study to better understand cookstove technology and fuel trends, and will be supporting a joint Government—World Bank project on sustainable and participatory energy. In DRC, ACCES will provide support to the World Bank's Forest Investment Project team. The initiative is also developing a regional quality assurance and technical support program for manufacturers and testing centers to improve product quality, and is working with the Global Alliance on Clean Cookstoves on harmonizing local country standards with regional and international quality standards.