Energy Access in Humanitarian Settings: Examples from Recent Crises

June 23, 2015

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The Clean Energy Solutions Center, in partnership with the UN Foundation’s Energy Access Practitioner Network, the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, and the Safe Access to Fuel and Energy (SAFE) Steering Committee, is hosting a no-cost, webinar-based training on Energy Access in Humanitarian Settings. It will showcase the relevance of high-quality decentralized energy solutions for lighting and cooking in response to crises involving refugees, internally displaced persons, and those affected by natural disasters. This webinar is part of the broader work that the UN Foundation is undertaking on energy access within the UN and the World Bank’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative.

Electricity for lighting, communicating, and powering essential equipment can improve safety and living conditions in humanitarian settings, ensuring that surgeons can perform emergency surgery through the night, that health centers are able to store vaccines and blood, and that children have the opportunity to study after dark. Fuel-efficient cookstoves and cleaner fuels can improve respiratory health, help protect women from the dangers they face when collecting firewood from unsafe locations, and enhance nutrition by ensuring families don’t have to exchange half their food ration for cooking fuel.

The speakers in this session will highlight the role sustainable decentralized energy solutions can play in humanitarian settings, focusing specifically on the recent Nepal earthquake. They will discuss quality approaches and share lessons learned and best practices for settings in need of aid-based approaches where the local market may be disrupted or indefinitely suspended, at least in the short term.

  • Dinesh Tripathee, Engineer, Biomass Energy Sub Component (NRREP), Alternative Energy Promotion Centre (AECP), Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment, Government of Nepal, will provide an overview of the importance of energy access for humanitarian settings, touching on both electrification and clean cooking, and will share examples of AECP’s experience in this regard, focusing on the Nepalese government’s coordination efforts around the recent earthquake.

  • Sandeep Giri, CEO, Gham Power, will reflect on the recent Nepal earthquake on behalf of all Energy Access Practitioner Network members coordinating or leading relief efforts and share latest developments and lessons learned via Gham Power’s live map showing all incoming requests for relief specific to power and electricity and illustrating where work is being done to coordinate solar companies and relief agencies.
  • James Wani, Natural Resource Officer, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations South Sudan office, will cover the clean-cooking aspect by elaborating on FAO's role on the SAFE Steering Committee and the organization’s work on biomass fuel and cookstoves in humanitarian settings.

The presentations will be followed by an interactive Q & A session with the audience. If you cannot attend in person, you can follow the live Tweets via #PNwebinar, or watch a recording on the Clean Energy Solutions webinar page.

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