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close this bookBoiling Point No. 42 - Household Energy and the Environment (ITDG - ITDG, 1999, 44 p.)
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View the documentTheme editorial Improving the environment can lead to benefits for household energy
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View the documentDeforestation and forest degradation by commercial harvesting for firewood and charcoal in the Pacific region of Nicaragua
View the documentEffect of expanding sugar-cane farming on community woodfuel collecting areas. Case study in Masindi, Uganda
View the documentWorkshop report on urban waste and energy in developing countries, February 24, 1998
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View the documentIs urban forestry a solution to the energy crisis of Sahelian cities?
View the documentElectricity for low-power applications Micro Solar Lanterns for rural communities in Kenya
View the documentThe bicycle wheel water powered battery charger
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View the documentCommercialization of the Sewa Stove in Mali
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Recent publications

Books by post

This catalogue, published by ITDG, contains a comprehensive list of recommended titles on Appropriate Technology and Development issues for use by development professionals worldwide. The titles listed in Books by Post are selected from those published by a range of publishers and are available for worldwide supply by mail order from IT Publications. The catalogue is available free of charge from Intermediate Technology Publications Ltd., 103-105 Southampton Row, London WC1B 4HH, UK. Tel: +44 (0)171 436 9761; Fax: +44 (0)171 436 2031;

Energy efficiency for small and medium scale enterprises

by Elizabeth Muguti, Saskia Everts, Bob Schulte and Linda Smallegange

This book shows that the improvement of product efficiency can be in harmony with financial gains. In particular, it aims to provide basic information on energy-saving options for those involved with the economic empowerment of micro-entrepreneurs. It forms part of the Energy and Environment Technology Source Books. ISBN 85339 446 7, pp. 72, IT Published in association with UNIFEM and TOOL Consult.

The Energy Dimension: A practical guide to energy in rural development programmes

by Christopher Hurst and Andrew Barnett

Helps planners identify energy needs early on so they can be integrated into project design, Summarizes key issues, with detailed discussion of energy options and the dynamics of supply and demand; plus fact sheets and checklists for quick reference

ISBN 1 85339 074 7 pp. 160 1990

Financing Renewable Energy Projects A guide for development workers

Jenniy Gregory, Semida Silveira, Anthony Derrick, Paul Cowley, Catherine Allinson, Oliver Paish Access to affordable energy is essential for sustainable economic development and improvement in living standards. The aim of this book is to act as a guide for development workers for financing small renewable systems and a source of reference for further in-depth investigation.

This is a practical guide for use by NGOs, development workers, local communities, students, and donors who wish to start a financing scheme for small renewable energy systems in a developing region.

ISBN 1 85339 387 8 pp. 146 1997

Low-cost electrification: Affordable electricity installation for low-income households in developing countries

Nigel Smith

This Working Paper, part of a series, contains a complete review of the problems faced by poor users; high connection costs, high costs of house-wiring, houses failing to meet standard requirements, constraints faced by power utilities such as high capital costs and high costs of revenue collection. The paper suggests a number of new and practical approaches, and ways to implement them

ISBN 85339 454 8 pp. 38 1998

Rural Lighting: a guide for development workers

Jean-Paul Louineau, Modibo Dicko, Peter Fraenkel, Roy Barlow and Varis Bokalders

This book addresses the question of choosing and using 'stand-alone" lighting systems for use in rural areas. Topics covered include sizing and positioning lights and the use of reflectors, Also includes an up-to-date 'buyers guide' on lighting systems ISBN 85339 200 6 pp. 120 1993

Windpumps: A guide for development workers

Roy Barlow, Francis Crick, Peter Fraenkel, Anthony Derrick and Varis Bokalders

The wind is a renewable energy resource that can never be exhausted, and which avoids pollution, making it one of the most environmentally sound energy options available,. This book takes the reader through every aspect of wind energy in a systematic way.

ISBN 1 85339 126 3 pp. 144 1993

All the books listed above are available through 'Books by Post'

'The Bread Builders', Hearth Loaves and Masonry Ovens

by Daniel Wing and Alan Scott.

This book is directed at the local U.S. market but could be applied worldwide, where simplicity and low technology is either desirable or the only possibility. The author asserts that the oven efficiency is five to ten times that of a traditional oven. The Bread Builders shows you how to bake bread, initially building your own masonry oven. The first half of the book talks about grains and flours, leavens and doughs, the chemistry of bread, and the physics of baking.

The second half provides a step-by-step guide to constructing a masonry oven. The authors also profile more than a dozen small-scale bakers around the U.S. whose practice community oriented baking based on whole grains and natural leavens.

60 b&w photos, 12 colour photos, illustrations, plans, recipes.

ISBN 1-890132-05-5

Workshop reports

Regional Workshop on Women and Sustainable Energy in Africa proceedings

The Regional Workshop on Women and Sustainable Energy in Africa held a workshop in Nairobi, Kenya January 21-22, 1999. The meeting looked at the various constraints facing women in the use of energy, mainly in developing countries, and was the initiative of the Energia organization. It also looked at ways in which women can be involved in energy planning in the future. Contact: Stephen Gitonga; IT Kenya, P.O. Box 39493, Nairobi, Kenya.

Workshop on Sawmill Waste Management

This document presents the proceeding of a workshop, initiated by the Mutare City Council, convened in July 1998 by the Energy Forum for Zimbabwe, Intermedi ate Technology, and the Mutare City Environmental Forum. It brings forward the perspective of industry, the regulators, government, local communities, and environmentalists and draws on international experiences to propose options for sustainable saw-milling activities in Zimbabwe. Contact: Tobias Chipare, ITZ Energy Projects Officer, IT Zimbabwe, PO Box 1637, Mutare, Zimbabwe.

Useful journals

Wood Energy News Wood Energy News is a colourful, highly illustrated 24-page journal. It is published on a regular basis, addresses a wide variety of wood energy issues, such as woodfuel resources, woodfuel flows, wood energy planning and policies, and wood energy technologies. Its purpose is to share information on wood energy with its subscribers. Suggestions, reactions or contributions are more than welcome. Regional Wood Energy Development Programme in Asia (GCP/RAS/154/NET), FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, Maliwan Mansion, Phra Atit Road, Bangkok 10200, Thailand. Email Website: htp//

Energia News

Energia News is the 16-page newsletter of the Energia network. Energia seeks to promote information exchange, training research, advocacy and action aimed at strengthening the role of women in sustainable energy development. Energia News, Secretariat, c/o TOOL consult, Sarphatistraat 650, 1018 AV Amsterdam, The Netherlands. E-mail

Renewable Energy and Environment News:

This newsletter is published by the Tanzania Traditional Energy Development and Environment Organisation (TaTEDO). TaTEDO's mission is to develop and promote rational use of renewable energy systems. These include fuel-efficient stoves and ovens, agroforestry practices, bio-gas and solar energy technologies, through provision of relevant information, knowledge and skills geared toward the socio-economic development of Tanzanian communities and environ-mentally sound practices. TaTEDO, PO Box 327944, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Email

Regional Energy News: A quarterly newsletter on energy in Africa

An 8-page journal published by the Forest Action Network dealing with small-scale energy provision, book review, profiles, letters. Letters and articles from readers are encouraged. The Forest Action Network, PO Box 21428, Nairobi, Kenya.



Forest Energy Forum

A new 28-page publication published by the FAO looking at energy issues. Short articles, plenty of reviews, news on networks, a letter page, and news from various countries. Forest Energy Forum - FOPW, FAO, Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, 00100 Rome, Italy. Email