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Africa Biogas and Clean Cooking Conference, Addis Ababa

On 7 April 2016, Emiel Hanekamp will give a presentation about: ‘synthesis of business models for alternative biomass cooking fuels’, at the Africa Biogas and Clean Cooking Conference in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia).

The conference has three specific objectives:

  • To share knowledge on maximising the benefits of biodigesters (use of biogas and application of bioslurry), and other clean cooking solutions;
  • To offer opportunities to become involved in market development programmes as a policy maker, donor organisation or investor;
  • To improve implementation practice and speeding up market and sector development for biodigesters and other clean cooking solutions.

The conference includes one day of field visits to biodigester households, construction companies, bioslurry application sites, improved cook stoves producers and appliance producers. The conference will be conducted from Tuesday April 5 to Thursday April 7, 2016. It is open to all interested stakeholders.

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  • Date: April 5-7, 2016
  • Location: Addis Ababa
  • Questions? Contact Emiel Hanekamp

Ecotourism in Northern Uganda

This October, Thomas Dietz visited Northern Uganda for a project on sustainable ecotourism. In this project Partners for Innovation investigates and develops green solutions for lodges and hotels together with  SNV. The project focuses on lodges and hotels located in and around the wildlife reserves. The goal of the project is to stimulate sustainable and inclusive growth for tourism in Uganda.


The conducted research has set the baseline for the energy-, waste-, and water streams at the lodges and hotels. Consequently, the baseline will be used to investigate green innovative solutions to enhance the sustainability of the abovementioned streams.

Cooking fuels in Uganda

After finalizing the research on ecotourism in Northern-Uganda, Thomas visited several companies that are active in producing sustainable cooking fuels from biomass (briquettes, pellets, ethanol). These contacts and information will be used for our project for the World Bank focused on the stimulation of alternative cooking fuels.


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Market, curse or blessing? (part 2)

Emiel Hanekamp shares his thoughts on the effects the market has on sustainability and environment in this column. Whereas he seemed  opposed to too much marketforce in his  April column, recent experiences in Africa have influenced him. In this column you will find a slight nuance to his previous statement.

Read Emiels column in Milieumagazine ( in Dutch) : Markt, een vloek of een zegen? (deel 2)

Alternative cooking fuels in Sub-Saharan Africa

In August, Partners for Innovation started a study on cooking fuels for the World Bank Group.

The study focuses on four countries: Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya and Madagascar. Objective of the study is to research, explore and validate scalable business models for alternative cooking fuels that can replace fuel wood and charcoal. Three types of cooking fuel are considered: briquettes, pellets and ethanol. The goal of the project is to provide the World Bank and its development partners with recommendations on how to support the governments of the four countries in promoting alternative cooking fuels.

The study titled ‘ a Global Survey of Scalable Business Models for Alternative Biomass Cooking fuels and their potential in Sub-Saharan Africa’ will take approximately six months.

Renewable Energy for Transportation

On march 5th ABN AMRO Norway and the Dutch Norwegian Business Network organised a seminar on ‘Developments in renewable energy for transportation’ in Oslo. Emiel Hanekamp was invited to give a presentation on biofuels and the opportunities for sustainable biomass in Africa.

In his presentation Emiel focused on the driving forces behind the increasing use of biofuels. He discussed trends, market actors, opportunities and challenges ahead with special attention to emerging markets.

FAO director-general José Graziano da Silva: “It is time to move to a food AND fuel debate. Competition for resources and energy necessitates a “paradigm shift” – Biofuels should be part of the mix.” 

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Biofuel Business Opportunities and Challenges

On 5 March, Emiel Hanekamp will give a presentation about business opportunities and challenges for biofuel at a gathering of the Dutch Norwegian Business Network in Oslo.

The market for biofuels for transportation has been steadily growing over the last ten years and is expected to have a significant market share in 2030. Emiel will discuss the opportunities and challenges for biofuels in Europe and emerging and developing countries and present some examples of successful businesses.

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  • Date: Thursday March 5, from 16:00 to 22:00 hours
  • Location: ABN Amro Oslo branche
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  • Questions? Contact Emiel Hanekamp

Eric Buysman

Associated Expert

Eric is a renewable energy, greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation and carbon finance specialist with field experience in South and South East Asia, South Africa, Burkina Faso, Kenya and Georgia.

“Eric is a dedicated professional with a keen interest in poverty alleviation, GHG mitigation and renewable energy solutions.”

Renewable Energy Production and Utilization | Biodigester Design and Construction | Carbon Project Development | Project Appraisal and Policy Studies

Eric has executed various technical feasibility and baseline studies for renewable energy, in particular on the use of biogas and biomass at household and farm level. Eric was team leader of the GHG mitigation assessment of the non-energy sector (agriculture, land use change and forestry) for the preparation of the Cambodian Second National Communication to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

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Biofuel Pricing Framework Mozambique

Partners for Innovation has presented the preliminary test results of the draft Mozambican biofuel pricing framework.

Based on interviews with stakeholders and literature research, the research identifies three main price mechanisms: market oriented, cost plus price and maximum or fixed price. Different countries apply different types. The research also identifies a set of general requirements for a biofuel pricing system to be effective. And there are some tentative calculations on potential savings that the use of biofuel might achieve. It is still to early to draw definite conclusions for Mozambique

Expected results
The project started in June. Interviews have been conducted with both public and private parties in Mozambique and abroad. The final results will be presented in a report in September 2014. The report will include practical recommendations for Mozambique on how to improve and finalise the existing biofuel pricing framework. It will also include insight in the pricing needs of the main actors of Mozambique’s biofuel industry and in how biofuel pricing works in a number of related countries, including in Brazil, India, South Africa and the US.

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Mozambique Biofuel Pricing Framework

An appropriate biofuels pricing framework is crucial for the take-off of the biofuel sector. To further the use of biofuels in Mozambique, the Government of Mozambique and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency initiated a research project and contracted Partners for Innovation  to carry out the research.

The aim of the project was to test the draft Mozambican pricing framework for biofuels and to investigate biofuel pricing mechanisms in other countries.

The main insights about biofuel pricing in other countries were:

  1. Industrial policy is needed. A so-called industrial policy is needed for biofuels sector development. An industrial policy is a mix of creating market demand, supporting the development of the industry, easing investments, bringing clarity about roles and opportunities, etc. Industrial policies are put in place through collaborative approaches between government and private sector.
  2. A pricing mechanism is required for sector take-off. A pricing mechanism is necessary within this industrial policy because biofuels have to compete with the mature fossil fuel sector and are in most cases more costly than fossil fuels.
  3. Three types of biofuel pricing mechanisms exist. Throughout the world there are basically three types of biofuel pricing mechanisms:
    1. Market-oriented pricing. This system has been successful in creating significant biofuel markets in Brazil, the EU and US. Government does not directly intervene on prices but indirectly through taxation and policies that impact either supply or demand conditions.
    2. Cost-plus pricing. Cost-plus pricing is a mechanisms used in emerging countries. It means that government identifies the cost for biofuels production, blending and distribution in a country and uses this cost to determine biofuels reference prices. The draft biofuel pricing frameworks in Malawi and South Africa are based upon the cost-plus principle.
    3. Maximum pricing. Maximum pricing is also used in emerging countries. Governments set a “cap price” or determine a fixed price.

Specific recommendations were formulated for the Mozambican situation and reported to the Mozambican government.

Project steering of behalf of the Mozambican Inter-Ministerial Committee on Biofuels (CIB) is done by the National Directorate of New and Renewable Energy (DNER), in close cooperation with the Agriculture Promotion Centre of the Ministry of Agriculture (CEPAGRI), and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO).

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