UNIDO, GEF and Thailand foster clean alternative fuels and technologies for clean cooking

UNIDO, GEF and Thailand foster clean alternative fuels and technologies for clean cooking

KATOWICE, 7 December 2018 – The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in collaboration with the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Secretariat and the Government of Thailand hosted an event on “South-South Technology Transfer for Energy Access in Clean Cooking” to highlight the success of Poznan Strategy for Technology Transfer and its multifaceted impacts.

On the sidelines of COP24, the event brought together experts from the public sector, entrepreneurs, researchers, national and international development agencies, and NGOs that are involved in access to energy, and especially clean alternative fuels and technologies for cooking.

Moderated by All Metelista, Chief of UNIDO’s Climate Policy and Network Division, the discussion stressed the link between the Poznan strategy for technology transfer and other projects funded by the GEF, which led to innovations in technologies and proved the effectiveness of the South-South technology transfer mechanism. The UNIDO project “Overcoming policy, market and technological barriers to support technological innovation and South-South technology transfer”, which was implemented with the Government of Thailand, allowed under the Poznan Strategic Programme (PSP) to transfer Thai technologies developed by King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT) for bio-ethanol production from cassava and micro distillery designs to neighboring countries, including Viet Nam and the Lao PDR.

The GEF-4 PSP project successfully demonstrated that such technologies can be transferred to other countries while simultaneously fast-tracking the achievement of several Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including SDG7 and SDG9. The project also showed how this technology created a value chain of bioethanol production that reduces post-harvest losses, creates industries, and improves the well-being of people. And, while there is great potential in the cooperation between ASEAN member states and African countries, there is also a need to address the impending food crop versus energy crop issue, which could be solved by improving the yield of feedstock and feedstock management.

For more information, please contact:

Jossy Thomas

Industrial Development Officer

UNIDO Department of Energy

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