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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)

New colleague : Adamou Salissou

We have strenghtened our team in West-Africa with a new advisor: Adamou Salissou, specialist Agroforestry.

Adamou Salissou previously worked as head division of Reforestation, Land and Landscape Management for the Ministry of Environment in Niger.  Before he worked at different International Organisations with a focus on Climate Change, Agroforestry and Economic Development.

Adamou has an engineering degree in Forestry Technology and specialised with masters in both Project Management and Climate Change and Sustainable Develoment (University of Niamey).

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New Colleague: Thomas Dietz

Thomas Dietz started as advisor Sustainable Innovation & Sustainable Biomass at Partners for Innovation. He combines knowledge in the field of sustainable use of resources and energy with a personal interest in innovation to provide companies and governments with clear, up-to-date, and result-oriented advice.

Previously Thomas worked as consultant at EVConsult and did assignments on electric mobility for several clients in the Netherlands.  Thomas did his  MSc thesis research at LEI, a socio-economic research institute of Wageningen UR, where he researched the opportunities for developing professional urban agriculture in the city of Amsterdam.

Thomas studied Environment & Resource Management at the VU University and has a Bachelor degree in Future Planet Studies from the University of Amsterdam.

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Sustainable Bioenergy High Impact Opportunity

Partners for Innovation is now a Knowledge Sharing Partner of the recently launched “Sustainable Bioenergy High Impact Opportunity” (HIO) initiative. HIO is a multi-stakeholder coalition, co-chaired by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations and the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials. The initiative was launched during the second Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Forum in New York, that took place from 18-21 May 2015.

The coalition aims to deliver environmentally, socially and economically sustainable bioenergy options, with a focus on emerging markets and rural communities in developing countries. It will also engage with national governments, civil society and the private sector to identify opportunities to further develop sustainable bioenergy, taking into account agricultural resources, sound environmental management, economic growth rates, energy and food security needs, financing mechanisms and policy frameworks.

All types of bioenergy projects are being promoted, including: renewable biomass for clean cooking solutions; on-farm bioenergy production to boost agricultural yield and reduce post-harvest losses; distributed electricity production, using sustainable biomass from forestry and agriculture co-products; electricity and fuels from municipal solid waste; cellulosic ethanol for clean cooking and transportation; and sustainable aviation biofuels.

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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).

Environmental Technology (University of Wageningen), Technology and Development (University of Eindhoven)

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Bioenergy Opportunities for Dutch Enterprises and Research Institutes

The biobased economy is a global growth market and offers many international market opportunities for the Netherlands. That is the conclusion of a recent study executed by Partners for Innovation commissioned by RVO (Netherlands Enterprise Agency formerly known as NL Agency).

Six growth areas
Six very interesting global bioenergy areas have been identified for Dutch businesses and knowledge institutes:

  1. Biogas from systems of all sizes and for all energy applications
  2. Biomass heating technologies
  3. Wood pellets, especially for heating
  4. Sustainable biomass chains
  5. New generation biofuels
  6. Integrated biomass-food-feed-energy-chemistry industries

‘Waste to Energy’ (not bioenergy) offers another interesting opportunity for Dutch businesses.

The study shows the strengths of the Netherlands but also our weaknesses. Both the private and public sector need to make additional efforts -both by themselves and together- to be able to seize the opportunities.

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International Biomass Market Opportunities

Partners for Innovation started a research project on international market opportunities for the production, preservation and import of biomass for energy and chemicals. The project is commissioned by NL Agency.

The research consist of three parts:

  1. Identification of market opportunities through desk research, a survey and interviews with stakeholder companies
  2. Establish country monitor and fact sheets about the most promising countries that companies can use to orient themselves on international business opportunities
  3. Recommendations for the government on how to best support Dutch business to take advantage of international market opportunities.

The results will be presented at the end March 2014.

Floor graduated this year in the bachelor Science, Business and Innovation at the Free University in Amsterdam. Her focus is on renewable energy. For her thesis she researched the development and implementation of a biofuel value chain for aviation in Saskatchewan, Canada. She also participated in the organization of an international trade mission on this subject.

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 Picture: Floor in the middle of a Canola field in Saskatchewan. 

Emiel Hanekamp


Emiel Hanekamp helps companies and governments in achieving their energy and climate targets, by providing insight into opportunities and by reducing risks.

“Emiel is an expert consultant and pleasant to work with; he delivers excellent quality against a fair price.”

CO2 Footprint and Reduction Strategies for Businesses and Government | Renewable Energy in Developing Countries | Sustainable Biomass Criteria | Climate and Energy | Bio-energy and Biofuels

Emiel has over 15 years of experience as an environmental and innovation consultant at PwC, PiMC, CapGemini, Public Works and ING. He supports both companies and governments in developing evaluation tools and in designing renewable energy plans.

Physics (University of Amsterdam – UvA) and Environment & Environmental Management (Free University of Amsterdam – VU)

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