The future of the planet is in the hands of the people

By Biraj Gautam, People, Energy & Environment Development Agency (PEEDA), Nepal

 

The future of the planet is in the hands of the people. Access to energy services is the future for the upcoming generation. I would like to share what I have learnt and gained knowledge in this field. Access to energy services reduces the gap between sorrow and happiness of the community people. Grass-root communities are deprived of many basic necessities and utilities. I have seen the dependency of the local people on natural resources – such as water, grazing land and forests. Depletion of these resources makes it difficult for them to survive.

As a part of PEEDA- WISIONS partnership  “Demonstration of Sustainable Low Head Pico Hydro to Deliver Enhanced Rural Energy Services”, I  assess the project and its contribution to the socio-economic development of the country. The activities included the installation of pico hydro plants of capacities 3 KW and 1 KW in Toksel VDC and Katunje VDC of Okhaldunga district, Nepal. The reach of a national electricity grid takes a lot of time due to lack of proper infrastructure and road transport.

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Household lights enable young people like Manisha to read and do their homework at night

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COP 22 – A Review

By Faustina Boakye

ACCESS participated in meetings and events organised by member organizations and civil society organizations, particularly the Women’s Gender Constituency (WGC) of the UNFCCC and Women’s Caucus and HIVOS.  ACCESS made submissions at various events and introduced the organization at a wide range of events.

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Women demand to be equally and fully engaged in all levels of climate change decision making

 

Read the ACCESS Statement on COP22.

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Why cooking deserves more attention

By Eco Matser, Hivos

One fifth of women around the world cook on wood or charcoal stoves. This is not only bad for their health – it causes 4.3 million premature deaths per year according the World Health Organisation – but it is also the single biggest source of Green House Gas (GHG) emissions. Over the last ten years we have seen many developments, such as the massive spread of mobile phones in developing countries, so why don’t we see a change in cooking habits? Why do we still accept women cooking on firewood stoves without thinking about alternatives that match with a decade in which most people have modern mobile phones?

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ACCESS Statement on COP 22

ACCESS calls for prioritisation of energy access in delivering the Paris Agreement. Support is needed for research, the strengthening of national enabling environments and inclusive national energy planning.

Marrakech, November 8, 2016 – A year on from the Paris Agreement and the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), are we moving down the right track to deliver sustainable and efficient energy systems to prevent dangerous climate change and pull billions of people out of energy poverty? ACCESS calls for upscaling and prioritizing energy access, research, support to strengthen their national enabling environments and support for inclusive national energy planning. Continue reading “ACCESS Statement on COP 22”

ACCESS at COP 22 – Marrakesh

How to deliver clean energy access to the billions of people that need it will be a key question at COP 22 this year. ACCESS members will be working with negotiators and hosting side events to advocate for energy access that meets the needs of the poorest, and involves communities in decision making processes.

ACCESS Statement on COP 22

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Case study – The National Gender and Sustainable Energy Network (NGSEN), Tanzania

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National Gender and Sustainable Energy Network members at a workshop on cleaner cookstoves. Photo credit: Tatu Mmanga, NGSEN

By Tatu Mmanga, NGSEN

The National Gender and Sustainable Energy Network (NGSEN) started in Tanzania in 1998, and joined ACCESS in 2016.  It aims to meet the challenges entrenched in gender and energy.

Whilst working on energy access in Tanzania, NGSEN has had many challenges and successes. This blog gives a summary of what they have achieved and what they continue to work towards.

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Welcome to the ACCESS Coalition blog

Rahel Shigela, an artisan stove maker
Rahel Shigela, an artisan stove maker who lives near Mwanza in northern Tanzania. Rahel has been making clay pots and stoves for 20 years, but has recently received training in how to also make ‘clean cookstoves’, as part of a UK-supported programme being implemented by the Dutch NGO SNV. Picture: Russell Watkins/Department for International Development

We will be using this to share information about the work of our network, and case studies on how our members are working towards universal energy access.

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