January 28-30, 2011, Kirkland, Washington
At the 2011 ETHOS Conference, Leslie Cordes, Interim Executive Director of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (GACC), and Elisa Derby of Winrock International and PCIA gave a joint presentation on GACC and PCIA.
The ETHOS Conference, hosted by Engineers in Technical and Humanitarian Opportunities of Service, brings together engineering students, researchers, scientists and NGOs who are working on research and the development of appropriate cooking technology. Conference themes include:
- Lab research, including: insulative materials, efficiency testing, emissions monitoring, safety updates and design issues, gasifier advances, hayboxes/insulative cookers, solar cookers;
- Field experience, including monitoring of: performance, indoor air pollution exposure, health impacts, user satisfaction, time and socio-economic impacts; awareness raising; stove promotion; involvement of volunteers and local universities; lessons and modification to approaches;
- Efficiency versus effectiveness, and resulting design implications;
- Technology standards: key parameters, constraints; and
- Policy issues: role of U.S. partnerships and international donors, country-level leadership, subsidies versus commercialization.
Please see below for the presentations by Leslie Cordes and Elisa Derby.
November 30-December 2, 2010
In December 2010, Aprovecho Research Center conducted a PCIA-sponsored Workshop on Stove Design and Performance Testing giving workshop participants the opportunity to learn how to improve cooking technology and how to test, evaluate and improve stove models. Aprovecho Research Center is a 501(c) 3 non-profit corporation dedicated to researching, developing and disseminating appropriate technological solutions for meeting the basic human needs of refugees and impoverished people and communities in poorer countries. ARC’s goal is to help relieve suffering, improve health, enhance safety, and reduce adverse impacts on the environment. ARC has been especially dedicated to creating effective cooking and heating systems using biomass fuels.
At the workshop, participants learned the importance of testing stoves and the various monitoring tools and performance tests available for monitoring and evaluating stove performance. Participants learned about the emissions monitoring tools, the Portable Emissions Monitoring System (PEMS) and Indoor Air Pollution Meter (IAP), and the the various stove tests, the Water Boiling Test (WBT), the Controlled Cooking Test (CCT) and the Kitchen Performance Test. Participants received hands on training on conducting WBT and CCT on their project stoves. Participants also learned about General Design Principles for clean burning stoves and received hands on training on how to make design changes to develop the best stove for Rwanda and designed a CTT to test these stoves.
Please find below the Agenda and the Presentations from the Workshop.
On June 8, 2010, PCIA hosted a webinar on the Kitchen Performance Test (KPT). Project researchers presented an overview of the KPT and case studies from China and Ghana, emphasizing baseline studies to characterize fuel use patterns and measurements of fuel use to compare traditional and improved cooking technologies.
For more information you can view the original event announcement here, or view a full recording of the event. Slides from the webinar are available in pdf format below.
The Questions and Answers document is also available below.
The fifteenth United Nations Conference of the Parties (COP15) in Copenhagen is largely focused on negotiating an international framework for addressing climate change after the current phase of the Kyoto Protocol, which ends in 2012. COP15 is attended by thousands of country delegates and a wide range of observers from NGOs that are negotiating approaches to climate change mitigation and adaptation. Among many others, two topics that have figured prominently in official meetings and side events are potential cobenefits from climate mitigation projects, and fast-action mitigation measures with short-lived forcers such as black carbon. Clean and efficient cookstoves are an example of a technology that can reduce carbon dioxide and methane emissions while providing social and health cobenefits through reduced fuel consumption and reduced indoor air pollution. Improved cookstoves also have the potential to significantly reduce black carbon emissions. Several side events at COP15 highlighted the potential for emission reductions and cobenefits from cleaner cookstoves, including the US Environmental Protection Agency sponsored event on December 9, 2009 by PCIA, titled Cleaner Cook Stoves for Developing Countries: Improving Health, Reducing Climate Change.
Participants learned about the connection between household solid fuel use and health and climate change. A panel of environment and health experts presented research showing how cooking is contributing to global warming through CO2 and black carbon emissions, and how improved cook stoves, with limited assistance from the carbon offset markets, are helping to mitigate emissions. Panelists highlighted efforts to commercialize the dissemination of efficient stoves (more than 800,000 in 2008), measure the impact on emissions, and provide guidance to certify carbon offsets for global markets.
First PCIA Latin America Regional Meeting – Bolivia 2009
From September 25- 29th, PCIA Partners in Latin America gathered for the first time in La Paz, Bolivia to share experiences and organize future meetings. The meeting was sponsored by GTZ Bolivia and coordinated by Mariana Butron. Eighteen representatives from seven projects and six countries came together. Meeting topics included: implementation strategies across the region; the importance of country-based stove testing labs to certify stove performance; and a presentation by Dr. Roberto Achinelli of results from an evaluation of IAP health effects in Peru. The group attended the inauguration of a new stove testing center in Bolivia and participated in site visits and cultural activities as well. Various presentations from the event are posted (in Spanish) below.
Primer Reunión PCIA Latinoamericano – Bolivia 2009
Del 25 al 29 de septiembre, PCIA Latinoamérica se reunió por primera vez en La Paz, Bolivia con el objetivo de compartir e intercambiar experiencias, además de organizar futuros encuentros entre los proyectos regionales. El encuentro fue auspiciado por GTZ Bolivia con coordinación de Mariana Butrón. Dieciocho representantes de siete proyectos y seis países, asistieron al encuentro. Algunos temas de la reunión incluyen: estrategias de implementación de proyectos de cocinas (estufas); el valor de contar con centros nacionales para certificar el funcionamiento de cocinas; y una presentación por Dr. Roberto Achinelli sobre los resultados de evaluación de un estudio relacionado con contaminación intradomiciliaria producido por fogones tradicionales en viviendas de diferentes regiones de Perú. Los participantes asistieron la inauguración del nuevo Centro de Prueba de Cocinas de Bolivia, visitaron viviendas con estufas mejoradas, y participaron en actividades culturales también. Puede descargar los contenidos del evento en español aquí.
On June 23, 2009, PCIA held its first Webinar. We were very fortunate to have John McCracken of Harvard University present new research findings on the estimation of cardiovascular mortality due to elevated blood pressure attributable to household solid fuel use. Twenty PCIA Partners from the academic and research fields participated in the Webinar. Use this link to view a complete recording of the webinar, including audio and slides. A pdf of the presentation is also available for download below.
May 13, 2009, Washington, DC
The SID-Washington Energy and Infrastructure workgroup hosted a brown bag presentation and discussion held at Winrock International on The Partnership for Clean Indoor Air (PCIA): Results and Outcomes. Elisa Derby of Winrock International presented on PCIA and specifically the 4th Biennial PCIA Forum in Kampala, Uganda March 23–29, 2009, at which 263 Partners from 35 countries gathered to document results to date, learn from effective programs & activities – celebrate results, review, further develop & affirm strategies for success and commit to organizational and global actions aimed at bold future goals. A record number of participants made this the largest gathering of household energy and health practitioners, leaders and experts focused on clean and efficient cooking technologies and fuels to date.
The presentation from the event is posted below, and more information on the Forum, including Forum proceedings, is available at http://www.pciaonline.org/proceedings/2009Forum. PCIA Bulletin #19, which focuses on the Forum, is available at http://www.pciaonline.org/bulletin.
March 23-28, 2009, Kampala, Uganda
Some 262 Partners from 35 countries gathered at the 4th Biennial Partnership for Clean Indoor Air Forum in Kampala, Uganda March 23 – 29, 2009 to document results to date, learn from effective programs & activities – celebrate results, review, further develop & affirm strategies for success and commit to organizational and global actions aimed at bold future goals. A record number of participants made this the largest gathering of household energy and health practitioners, leaders and experts focused on clean and efficient cooking technologies and fuels to date. Please visit the 2009 Forum Proceedings Page for more information.
November 11, 2008
The Partnership for Clean Indoor Air held a pre-event meeting, prior to the Better Air Quality (BAQ) workshop in Bangkok, Thailand in November. The purpose of the pre-event meeting was to: share preliminary results from monitoring activities that Partner organizations have undertaken since the 2007 regional PCIA workshop; discuss how to use monitoring results to improve cooking and heating technology and fuels, and to educate stakeholders; and identify solutions to common challenges in monitoring, among other topics.
Presentations from this BAQ pre-event are posted below:
September 30, 2008, Washington, DC
The World Bank's Energy and Poverty Thematic Group (EPTG) hosted a brown bag lunch discussion on the Partnership for Clean Indoor Air, PCIA Partners HELPS International (Guatemala) and the Aga Khan Planning and Building Services(Pakistan), and their experience working in the PCIA priority area of developing commercial markets for cleaner cooking/heating fuels and technologies. Brenda Doroski of USEPA presented on the cumulative experiences of PCIA, and Richard Grinnell of Helps and Joanne Trotter of the Aga Khan Foundation presented on successful business models for biomass stove commercialization.
Presentations from the event are listed below:
Brenda Doroski - The Partnership for Clean Indoor Air
Joanne Trotter - Aga Khan Foundation
Richard Grinnell - Helps International