Monthly Archives: April 2011

Gaia Association leads Environmental Working Group at Ethiopian Civil Society Network on Climate Change Workshop in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Gaia Association participated in a two day exhibition and workshop held by the Ethiopian Civil Society Network on Climate Change (ECSNCC) on 19-20 April 2011 in Addis Ababa. Gaia Association -a clean fuels and cookstoves initiative – led the Environmental Working Group (EWG) of the ECSNCC, a group of six non-governmental organizations working to expand and develop sustainable, renewable energy technologies in Ethiopia. Alongside Gaia Association in the EWG are Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus (EECMY), Christian Aid, Confederation of Ethiopian Trade Union (CETU) and Forum for Environment (FfE).

Wubshet Tadele, Managing Director of Gaia Association, presents the ethanol CleanCook stove at ECSNCC exhibition

Organizations participating in the general exhibition included GIZ, LIDETCO, HOREC, Christian Aid, FFE, Adam+ Partner, SOLAR 23, Selam Vocational and the Ministry of Water and Energy Biogas Program. The exhibition offered a diversity of renewable energy products using biofuel, biogas and solar energy. Participants shared knowledge and experience of appropriate technologies related to renewable energy production, energy efficiency and waste treatment.

Presentation of alternative energy assessment study

Gaia Association ethanol cookstove display at ECSNCC

The second day of the event featured a workshop dedicated to presentations, including an UKAid-funded assessment study on potential and constraints of alternative energy in Ethiopia by Ethiopian consultants Mekonnen Kasa and Hilawe Lakew. Numerous private and public stakeholders participated in the workshop – including the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and the Ethiopian Ministry of Water and Energy. The workshop was designed to promote the use of renewable energy to achieve improved energy security and energy access, economic development, climate change adaptation and mitigation as well as environmental sustainability in Ethiopia. The workshop also provided a space for interactive discussion between the participants.

The ECSNCC is a network of Ethiopian Civil Society organizations promoting research and innovation that confront climate change. It was first conceived during the 2007 Green Forum that held the first national meeting on climate change.

Gaia Association is an Ethiopian non-profit, non-governmental organization working to provide modern stoves and clean alcohol fuels to families in Ethiopia, since 2005.

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Contacts:

Wubshet Tadele  +251-116-183540    Wubshett@projectgaia.com

Gulce Askin +1(717)-334-5594         gulce.askin@projectgaia.com

Project Gaia/PANGEA Event held at EU Sustainable Energy Week

Project Gaia, SEI and Dometic Present at EU Sustainable Energy Week

Partners for Euro-African Green Energy (PANGEA) and Project Gaia, Inc.,  held the event Clearing the Smoke: Promotion of CleanCook Ethanol Fuel Stoves in Developing Countries, as part of EU Sustainable Energy Week on Thursday, 14 April 2011 at the European Parliament. The event was hosted by MEP Christofer Fjellner (EPP/Sweden) and included presentations from the Stockholm Environmental Institute (SEI), Project Gaia, Inc., and stove manufacturer, Dometic AB.

MEP Christofer Fjellner said: “Everyone must have clean air to breathe and access to safe energy. We must stop assuming that ethanol is just about replacing fuel in our cars and reducing our own carbon emissions. We must see how ethanol stoves in developing countries can save millions of lives and significantly contribute to improving the quality of life in these regions.”

SEI researcher, Fiona Lambe, said: “To date, research regarding the determinants of stove choice at the household level has focused mainly on socio-economic attributes, such as income, age, gender and education. While the role of product-specific attributes, such as safety, indoor smoke, usage cost and stove price, have been given less attention.”

Project Gaia, Inc. Executive Director, Harry Stokes said: “There is an urgent need for clean cooking fuels in more than a billion homes across the developing world. Using ethanol for cooking will: (1) dramatically reduce disease and mortality in women and children, (2) reduce deforestation, and (3) substantially reduce the developing world’s contribution to greenhouse gas emissions and black carbon. It will stimulate local agriculture, create rural jobs and help poorer nations to reinvigorate their agricultural sector and produce for themselves.”

PANGEA Secretary General, Meghan Sapp said: “Ethanol stoves offer women and children freedom from sexual assault when collecting firewood and protect them from respiratory disease. The stoves save lives and protect the environment.”