PCIA Webinar: Monitoring Fuel Use with the Kitchen Performance Test

June 8, 2010

Time: 14:00 UTC/GMT
Speakers: Evan Haigler, Impact Carbon; Jimmy Tran, University of California Berkeley; Erik Wurster, E+Co; Michael Johnson and Todd Wofchuck, Berkeley Air

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Does your stove program focus on reducing fuel wood use?
Are you interested in learning more about how to design and implement a field study to quantify the fuel savings of your stoves?
Would you like to hear about the work of other leading organizations who have conducted Kitchen Performance Tests (KPT) to quantify the fuel use of their stoves?

If so, register today for the Partnership for Clean Indoor Air’s Monitoring Fuel Use Using the Kitchen Performance Test webinar on June 8, 2010. Register online at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/536813800.

During this webinar, project researchers will present an overview of the KPT and case studies from China and Ghana of baseline studies to characterize fuel use patterns across the customer base and measurements of fuel use to compare traditional and improved cooking technologies.

Evan Haigler of Impact Carbon and Jimmy Tran of the University of California at Berkeley will present the baseline study conducted for the EPA grant funded project with the China Association of Rural Energy Industry and Jinqilin Energy and Technology Ltd, a stove manufacturer located in Shanxi Province, China. Jinqilin is pursuing carbon financing from credits generated from offsets achieved from the sale of its improved biomass semi-gasifier stoves.

Erik Wurster of E+Co and Todd Wofchuck of Berkeley Air Monitoring Group will present the baseline and quarterly monitoring conducted for Toyola Energy Limited, a stove manufacturer located in Accra, Ghana. Toyola is pursuing carbon financing from credits generated from offsets achieved from the sale of its improved charcoal stoves.

In each case study, you will hear about the goals for implementing a KPT, the steps they took to design and implement their KPT study, the resources required, the results and how they are being used, the most surprising thing they learned, and the biggest challenges. You will receive recommendations for your own stove program, and have the opportunity to interact with the presenters.

Speaker information:
Evan Haigler
Evan Haigler is the Executive Director of Impact Carbon. Evan leads the Impact Carbon team in developing carbon finance for improved biomass cooking stove projects in less-developed countries. He coauthored the Voluntary Gold Standard Methodology for Improved Cookstoves and Kitchen Regimes, and worked as the lead project developer on the first Voluntary Gold Standard Cookstove Project. Evan’s research and publishing has focused on carbon methodology development and monitoring for improved stoves, and on assessing and valuing the associated social, health and environmental co benefits. Evan holds an M.S. in Environmental Health Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.S. in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Michael Johnson
Michael Johnson, Ph.D., is a Program Manager of Berkeley Air Monitoring Group. He has worked extensively on field-based methodologies to quantify greenhouse gas reductions achieved by improved stove projects, with an emphasis on monitoring instrumentation and study design. His peer review publications include four on greenhouse gas emissions and stove performance testing, and several others on indoor air pollution, exposure assessment, and characterization of monitoring instruments. Michael has a Ph.D. in Environmental Health, Science, and Policy from the University of California, Irvine.

Jimmy Tran
Jimmy Tran is a Ph.D. student at the University of California at Berkeley. He has conducted field studies in China that examined the climate and health impacts of rural fuel and technology choices. His field-based work has also assisted project developers create carbon assets for cook stove programs. He is currently a research fellow at the US EPA working to quantify health burdens from rural energy transitions in China. Jimmy received Bachelor degrees in Biology, Finance, and Environmental Resource Management from Pennsylvania State University.

Todd Wofchuck
Todd Wofchuck, M.P.A., is a Field Supervisor of Berkeley Air Monitoring Group. He has led many field efforts to quantify fuel use, indoor air pollution, and exposure related to household energy technologies. He spent the year prior to joining Berkeley Air in Ethiopia with Gaia Association and previously worked with environmental NGOs in Hungary as an Environmental Advisor in the U.S. Peace Corps. Todd has a Master of Public Administration in International Management from the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

Erik Wurster
Erik Wurster is a Carbon Manager at E+Co. Erik co-founded E+Co’s carbon finance program. In addition to overseeing the work of carbon finance staff, Erik developed some of the world’s first Gold Standard-accredited carbon finance projects involving household efficient cook stove technology in Ghana, Mali and South Africa. In addition, Erik was instrumental in forging E+Co’s carbon finance partnership with Goldman Sachs. E+Co is a non-profit financial services company helping to create viable, sustainable businesses to end world poverty while protecting the planet. E+Co provides capital and business development training to small and medium sized enterprises that champion sustainable energy technologies in developing countries. Erik holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder.