Category Archives: Climate & Energy

Realizing SDG 7: bridging financial challenges

Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG 7) stands for access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all. Last Friday (5 April), Partners for Innovation was present at the national event for companies, financiers, NGOs and other parties working on the realization of this goal. An important topic was bridging financial challenges for project developers.

A billion people have no access to modern means of electricity, and another 3 billion people still use heavily polluted fire wood an charcoal for cooking. The Dutch government therefore aims to provide 50 million people with access to sustainable energy by 2030. During the meeting, organized by RVO and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the attendees discussed how to reach this goal as quick as possible.

Access to financing to contribute to SDG 7

Developers of sustainable energy projects often face financial challenges. During the meeting a number of companies therefore had the opportunity to pitch their project for public and private financiers. Several policy instruments have also been presented, including:

  • The GET.Invest program, the follow-up to RECP, for which Partners for Innovation implements the Finance Catalyst facility.
  • Access to Energy Fund, a fund that invests in and provides loans to projects that realize energy generation, transmission and distribution in developing countries.
  • The new SDG 7 Results facility program, aimed at stimulating access to renewable energy in developing countries. As of April 5th proposals can be submitted for this new subsidy.

More information

Does your organization, company, NGO or financial institution want to contribute to access to renewable energy in developing countries? Partners for Innovation can help you in this process, and in finding suitable financing and submitting an application. For more information about these instruments, contact Stan van den Broek or Emiel Hanekamp.

Renewable energy in Zambia: looking for Dutch companies

RVO and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs have commissioned a market study into the opportunities for Dutch renewable energy companies in Zambia. Expected publication/presentation date for this study is early April, with a view to a possible trade mission to Zambia and Zimbabwe later in the year. We would like to get in touch with Dutch renewable energy companies that are interested to further expand their activities to the Zambian market. These companies will be invited to an informative networking meeting on doing business in Zambia, and their input will be used to determine the contents of the trade mission.

So, is your company working in the field of sustainable energy and potentially interested in doing business in Zambia?

Please fill out your contact details in this form or click here to send an e-mail. We will then contact you as soon as possible.

Why Zambia?

Zambia is a politically stable country, endowed with a wide range of renewable energy resources and rated very highly in the World Bank’s ‘Ease of doing business’-monitor. At the same time, both the population’s access to electricity and electricity tarrifs are low, while blackouts frequently leave businesses and higher-income residential areas to secure their back-up energy requirements with expensive diesel gensets. However, electricity prices have recently increased with 75%, economic growth is strong and stable, and in coming years Zambia will receive a lot of support and funding from international programs focussed on renewables.

Trade mission Vietnam

Minister Kaag (Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation) is leading a trade mission in Vietnam and Malaysia this week together with Hans de Boer (chairman VNO-NCW) and about 45 companies. The economic mission is focused on urban growth and societal challenges. Partners for Innovation and CREM conducted a scoping study of the opportunities for circular economy in Vietnam, of which the results are presented during the trade mission.

On behalf of RVO and the Dutch Embassy in Vietnam, Partners for Innovation and CREM carried out a scoping study on circular economy in Vietnam. The study focuses on the state of play of circular economy in Vietnam and social-economic and environmental challenges and circular solutions. Besides that, the report provides opportunities for Dutch – Vietnamese cooperation on CE.

Read more about the study in the presentation of the results.

Training: incorporating gender-sensitivity in energy practices

Partners for Innovation and MDF West-Africa organize a “train-the-trainer” session on gender mainstreaming in energy projects. The training focuses on promoting equality between men and women in ECOWAS-countries by providing organizations with the tools to strengthen the position of women in the energy sector. The three-day course will take place from 28 February to 2 March in Accra and will be held in both English and French.

Two types of training will be given. One is aimed at policymakers of energy policy in each of the 15 ECOWAS-countries. The other one is aimed at NGO’s working in these countries in the fields of energy and the emancipation of women. The policymakers will be trained to translate the regional ECOWAS-policy in these fields into their own national energy policy. The NGO’s will be educated to help other organizations in the energy sector (public or private) to implement gender-sensitivity in their daily work.

For more information on the project, please contact Stan van den Broek or Emiel Hanekamp.

Manufacturing small wind turbines in Benin: is it feasible?

On November 30th and December 1st, over 40 stakeholders gathered in Cotonou to discuss the role small wind turbines can play in the electrification of Benin. Partners for Innovation presented its feasibility study and outlined an action plan for sector development.

The government of Benin is looking for ways to provide its population with the energy needed for socio-economic development. Especially in rural areas, electricity provides a clear pathway to expanded and sustainable energy access. Renewable energy technologies can play a key role in this. Small wind turbines are part of this renewable energy technology.

In a feasibility study, Partners for Innovation found that potentially more than 30.000, currently unelectrified, households can gain access to electricity generated by turbines in the range of 1 – 10 kW. In addition, we found that within a 5-7 year horizon, more than half of the economic value of the turbines can be created through local assembly, manufacturing and construction taking place in Benin itself. In the manufacturing and construction sector alone this would create 50 to 150 jobs annually.

These results, together with an outline for a small wind sector development roadmap, were presented to over 40 local stakeholders on November 30th and December 1st in the Beninese capital of Cotonou. The participants included ministry representatives, private sector representations, academia and a variety of NGO’s (including NGOs focused on youth and female empowerment). Through this session and the incorporation of feedback from the participants, it will become possible to formulate a clear and thought-through strategy.

Want to learn more?


Vietnam in the Spotlight

Vietnam ontwikkelt zich tot een land met vele kansen en een aantrekkelijk ondernemersklimaat. Nederland is koploper op het gebied van duurzaamheid en circulaire economie.

Dit seminar organiseren wij in samenwerking met Evofenedex en CREM op donderdag 7 december 2017.

Doel is om alle do’s en don’ts over ondernemen in Vietnam op een rijtje te zetten. Er is speciale aandacht voor de circulaire economie.

Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland (RVO) is de opdrachtgever voor de Nederlandse Ambassade in Vietnam, die hiermee het Nederlands bedrijfsleven wil ondersteunen.

Voor meer informatie en om u aan te melden, zie de volgende link:


Mainstreaming gender in energy projects: training

Partners for Innovation and MDF offer a free of charge train-the-trainer course for organizations in ECOWAS countries involved in gender mainstreaming in energy projects. This three day course will be held in Accra, early 2018.  We are looking for NGOs or training institutes that have experience with gender and energy-related capacity building. The course, travel and accommodation will be paid for by UNIDO-ECREEE.

Find more details on the training here: ECOWAS Training announcement – incorporating gender-sensitivity in energy practices.

For more information on the project, please contact Stan van den Broek.


Boost for agribusiness – FinAgri Niger 2017

On 16 and 17 May 2017 Partners for Innovation Niger organized in Niamey the FinAgri. Financial institutions and key actors of the agricultural sector in Niger took part in a finance fair related to the agri sector.

Participants of the fair were agri-businesses, farmer organizations, banks, micro finance institutions, government organizations, NGOs and donor organizations.

Partners for Innovation organized the FinAgri through AgriProFocus as Partners for Innovation is responsible for running the  AgriProFocus network in Niger.

Find detailed information (in French) in the  Journal AgriProFocus spécial 2017


Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program

Control Union Certifications and Partners for Innovation work together, since 2013, to verify if European biofuel companies comply with the requirements of the Renewable Fuel Standard program.

The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program is a US program aimed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide robust and achievable growth of the biofuels industry. The program is part of the US Energy Policy Act of 2005 and expanded under the US Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.

The demand for  biofuels  has rapidly increased over the years. Regulations on fossil fuels have become stricter and companies take on opportunities for sustainable alternatives.  European biofuel companies typically produce renewable fuel from waste such as used cooking oil, animal fat and waste oils of vegetable oil refineries. Some also produce renewable fuel from commercially available vegetable oils.

Companies that produce biofuel need 3-yearly updates of engineering reviews to be able to export their biofuels to the US.  Control Union’s inspection and certification services are globally recognised.

  • Contact

Peter Vissers

Thomas Dietz

Loek Verwijst (Control Union Certifications) 

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CUC website 

US EPA RFS website

Partners for Innovation member of the Climate Technology Centre & Network

Partners for Innovation has become a member of the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN). The network brings together stakeholders engaged in a wide range of activities related to climate technologies.

Climate technology centre and network

The main goal of the network is to promote technologies for low carbon and climate resilient development at the request of developing countries. It provides “technology solutions, capacity building and advice on policy, legal and regulatory frameworks tailored to the needs of individual countries.”

The network can support your climate mitigation and adaptation ambitions and activities, by funding technical support. For questions how to get this support, please contact Emiel Hanekamp.