The Activity Group 4 "Towards sustainable modern wood energy development"
The Activity Group 4 "Towards sustainable modern wood energy development", led by FAO, UNEP and UNF/GACC, was established in December 2013. The Activity Group will focus on sustainable production and use of wood energy for household energy access and productive local uses - primarily in developing countries.
Issues related to this topic will include:
- How to incorporate sustainability into local/small scale supply chains?
- How to build on good practices in forest management, including planted forests?
- How to improve efficiency of charcoal production, and further disseminate improved stoves?
- How to improve energy access in developing countries with sustainable wood bioenergy?
This work will entail improvement on knowledge and capacities related to sustainable local production and use of wood energy. It will also prove useful to inform large-scale wood energy producers and users willing to invest in wood energy operations in developing countries on how their business plans should take into account local circumstances, in those countries, in particular regarding local needs, constraints, opportunities and good practices related to sustainable production and use of woody biomass for energy mainly for local energy supply in developing countries.
The Activity Group has produced the stock taking paper "Towards sustainable modern wood energy development" on successful initiatives on solid biomass development in developing countries – including lessons learned and sustainability impacts.
GBEP Activity Group 4 - ECOWAS Workshop on Sustainable Wood Energy Management - Cotonou (Benin), 9-11 May 2016
The workshop brought together technical and policy advisers in the energy and forestry sectors in public, private and civil society organisations from the ECOWAS member states with the objective to share information and enhance capacities of actors within the wood energy value-chain. Discussions covered the present state of the affairs with regards to the unsustainable use of wood fuels and how to introduce sustainability in its value- chain; raise awareness and enhance capacities on shifting to and expanding the sustainable use of wood fuels while incorporating efficient and modern approaches in the entire value-chain.
The event was co-organized by the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) and the Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) in partnership with the Ministry of Energy, Water and Mines of Benin, and with the support of the Austrian Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, as well as of GIZ.
Working documents and outcomes
Webinar : "Towards sustainable modern wood energy development" - 24 June 2015
Building on the findings and recommendations spelled out in the report "Toward sustainable modern wood energy development" , the webinar discussed about the main challenges to sustainably manage the wood energy sector in developing countries and shared stories of success in coping with these challenges including technological advancements in the conversion of wood into charcoal, regulatory frameworks, and tax systems.