VIENNA, 25 June 2021 – A virtual Expert Group Meeting (EGM) on Bioethanol and Clean cooking was held from 23 to 25 June 2021, which brought together key policy and decision makers from High Impact Countries and relevant stakeholders in the clean cooking space to identify strategies to develop domestic bioethanol industries and achieve universal access to clean energy for cooking and transport.
Fifty-seven delegates from nineteen African and Asian countries, together with resource persons and experts, explored the possibility of developing bioethanol industrial sectors and associated value chains, with a special focus on agricultural and industry level waste-to-energy (WTE) methodologies; providing a sustainable and healthy solution to the clean cooking challenge; and possibly solving a part of the carbon footprint in the transport sector.
“The EGM resulted in the adaptation of the call for action on clean cooking with the aim to develop local ethanol industries”, said UNIDO Industrial Development Officer Jossy Thomas. “It calls upon UNIDO to establish a multi-stakeholder platform to facilitate global collaboration on technologies and experience sharing for ethanol-based solutions to clean cooking and transportation fuel blending, in high impact countries in particular and any other least developed/developing countries or SIDS on request”.
The EGM was organized by UNIDO and the Clean Cooking Alliance (CCA), in partnership with the Africa Union Commission (AUC), the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific (UN-ESCAP), the Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) and the Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL).
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UNIDO Department of Energy