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close this bookBoiling Point No. 44 - Linking Household Energy with other Development Objectives (ITDG - ITDG, 2000, 44 p.)
View the document(introduction...)
View the documentPreface
View the documentTheme editorial: Integrating household energy into wider development objectives
View the documentInterlinkages of household energy with the environment
View the documentAre energy projects not wanted any more?
View the documentHealth and household energy - the need for better links between research and development
View the documentCooking smoke can increase the risk of tuberculosis
View the documentMonitoring ECO-house performance as if people mattered
View the documentCarbon trading: a new route to funding improved stove programmes?
View the documentGTZ Pages
View the documentThe integrated approach to link household energy with other development objectives - Some organisational experiences from the ProBEC demonstration project in the Hurungwe District of Zimbabwe
View the documentThe ecological cost of increasing dependence on biomass fuels as household energy in rural Nigeria
View the documentWomen in post-harvest operations: reducing the drudgery
View the documentLight... from wind... a journey of will and imagination
View the documentThe Tehesh efficient biomass stove, Tigrai, Ethiopia
View the documentResearch and Development: The 'Turbo' wood-gas stove
View the documentPublications
View the documentWhat's happening in household energy?
View the documentITDG energy news

What's happening in household energy?

in association with the Household Energy Development Organization's Network (HEDON)

Information on ITDG programmes can be found on the inside back cover, and GTZ programmes are described on the centre pages

Current news

Bibliographies on ARI available:

If you would like either of the ARI bibliographies that were prepared under the EHP I project...

· An annotated bibliography of acute respiratory infections and indoor air pollution by J. McCracken and K. Smith, 1997

· Broad-search annotated bibliography on acute respiratory infections and indoor air pollution by D. Kammen, G. Wahhaj, and M. Yiadom, 1998

...please contact: Dan Campbell, EHP Information specialist, 1611 North Kent St., #300, Arlington, VA 22209. Tel: 703-2478746; Fax: 703-243-9004

New award for community-based renewable energy

The Ashden Trust

The Ashden Trust has joined forces with the Whitley Awards Foundation to launch the Ashden Award for Renewable Energy. The Ashden Trust is one of the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts and was established in 1989.

The Ashden Award is offering up to £30,000 for an outstanding renewable energy project. The Award's aim is to support a project that will provide support to a rural community in a developing country, in a way that alleviates poverty and improves the quality of life, while remaining fully responsive to existing cultural values. The project would need to provide an energy source either for income-generating or agricultural activities or for improving educational or healthcare facilities. The project should have an exemplary value, that could encourage the use of environ mentally-friendly, sustainable sources of energy in similar contexts. Because of the level of funding available, the panel is likely to favour smaller organisations for whom the award would make a real difference. For further details can be found on the web-site or write to: The Ashden Trust, 9 Red Lion Court, London EC4A 3EF

Energia News

After a short break, Energia News, the newsletter of Energia, the international network on women and sustainable energy, is available again.

The latest issue can be obtained from Sheila Oparaocha, Energia Secretariat, c/o ETC, PO Box 64, 3830 AB Leusden, The Netherlands.

Topics include: Projects or The Market - Enabling Women's Access to Energy; Women Producing Electricity from Renewables:-from 'Project' to 'Market'. The Windfang Project in Germany; Moving Towards Technological Empowerment of Women - SAWA-TOOL Training Modules and Training-of-Trainers Pack; Gender and Wood Energy in Lao PDR; ENERGIA: The Second Central American GENES Network. Future Themes for ENERGIA News include: Household Energy; Africa Issue; Southeast Asian Issue.

SUNSTOVE Organization

is a volunteer, non-profit group that has no paid staff, does not solicit or collect money and does not fund programmes. We do give free designs, drawings, instructions, photos and specifications for solar cookers and water systems that are built by hand with local materials, labour and local currency in the developing world. The challenge is to alert those organizations and individuals who assist the world's poor that this data and information is available free on the web site,

GM Technology in the Forest Sector; a study carried out on behalf of WWF

The seeds of a quiet GM revolution are being sown in the world's forests. While forest-related biotech research is still in its infancy compared with that taking place in agriculture, field trials of GM trees have proliferated around the world during the second half of the 1990s. These trials - and perhaps soon commercial production - are taking place against a backdrop of regulation that is wholly inadequate for long-lived organisms such as trees. The document at the website given below is a summary of a scoping study carried out on behalf of WWF. The report seeks to ascertain the degree to which GM technology has already impacted upon the forest sector, and to evaluate its future potential.

Global Solar Partners - A project from the Association for Science Education

BP Amoco/BP Solarex have sponsored a solar education programme for students aged 12-16+. The 'Global Solar Exchange Unit' enables students to research aspects of solar energy in their own communities and then to exchange information and ideas with other students world-wide. The Unit is ideal for teachers and students who prefer to work on a short, focussed project (typically 3-6 hours). The Solar Exchange Unit includes teachers' notes, student work pages, an exchange form and up-to-date support data. It is available in 9 languages: English; German; Dutch; French; Italian; Spanish; Japanese; Catalan; Polish. You can browse or download the Unit from the Web:

For a free hard copy contact: Global Solar Partners, The Association for Science Education, College Lane, Hatfield, Herts AL10 9AA UK

Tel/Fax: +44 (0)1707 283000/266532


World Bank forest policy; extract from Reuters News Service, January 28, 2000.

Washington: The World Bank has admitted its lending was flawed, failed to protect forests, failed to help the poor and admitted that the bank's abilities to monitor the effects of its lending was limited. The report concludes that the time has come for a new bank forest policy, better attuned to the needs of developing countries and the changing dynamic of the forest sector. The report said that the poor were not a major source of deforestation and illegal logging, as the bank believed in 1991, but that demand for fuel wood for industry, timber for housing and international demand for hardwood were the main factors destroying forests. The report was written by the bank's Operations Evaluation Department, an autonomous group that reports directly to the banks' board. The report is available in PDF format at:

Compacting biomass

Cree Industries/HempCreeation, in Canada, is working on producing a small, portable, trailer mounted "SunLog" compactor. It compacts dry biowaste, such as sawdust, rice husks, charcoal dust etc. into compressed logs 11 cm in diameter, at 1 tonne/m3. Contact; John Olsen, President, Cree Industries./HempCreeation, 200-100 Park Royal South, West Vancouver, British Columbia, V7T 1A2, CANADA, tel/fax (604) 533 4950 Email:



The First World Conference on Biomass for Energy and Industry

Sevilla, Spain; June 5-9, 2000

Combining the 11th European Biomass Conference and Technology Exhibition, the 5th Biomass Conference of the Americas, and the Canadian Biomass Conference. Further information can be found at

ISREE 2000 - Seventh International Symposium on Renewable Energy Education

Oslo, Norway; June 15-18, 2000

Contact: Vest Telemark Ressurssenter N-3880 Dalen, Norway

Tel: +47 35 07 91 00;
Fax: +4735 07 91 01;

World Renewable Energy Congress - VI

Metropole Hotel, Brighton UK; July 1-7, 2000.

Topics to be covered include Policy issues; Low energy architecture; Photovoltaics; Solar Thermal; Wind energy; Biomass conversion; water, hydrogen, wave tide and ocean; Solar materials, and Geothermal applications.

Contact: Professor Ali Sayigh, 147 Hilmanton, Lower Earley, Reading, UK, RG6 4HN,

Tel: +44 1189 611364,
Fax: +44 1189 611365,
Website: www.WRENUK.CO.UK

Renewable Energy 2000 Exhibition

July 2-4,2000

Running alongside the World Renewable Energy Congress, at the Metropole Brighton, UK.

2nd Southern African Conference on Sustainable Development in the Built Environment, Johannesburg

South Africa 21-25 August 2000

Key Themes: Sustainable architecture; affordable housing; decision-making for sustainability and indicators of change; market transformation methods; introducing sustainability into informal settlements; environmental management and planning; sustainable infrastructure provision and spatial planning; energy consumption and urban environmental sustainability

Contact: Glaudin Kruger (Organiser), Kruger & Associates, PO Box 12011, Mill Street 8010.

Tel.: (021) 465 1609,
Fax: (021) 461 8926,

Chrisna du Plessis (Programme), CSIR - BOUTEK, PO Box 395, Pretoria 0001, South Africa

Tel: (012) 841 3891,
Fax: (012) 841 3400,

Domestic Energy Conference

Kampala, Uganda: 16 October 2000

Themes to be covered include: Demand-side management and implementation strategies; Customer needs, market trends and characteristics; Technological innovations; Renewable energy; Electronics in the home with reference to energy; Energy policies. Registration fee to be announced. Supported by RES-Eskom

Contact The Secretariat

(Tel. +27 21 460 3657 Fax: 27 21 460 3701)