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Sustainable Growth in India's Dairy Sector - Workshop and Next Steps

More than 6 billion people worldwide consume milk and milk products, the majority of whom live in low and middle-income countries. Milk is not only one of the few agricultural products that can be produced by the landless), it is also one of the most commonly consumed commodities in the world, with cow milk being the 5th most produced food commodity by volume of production. Therefore, improvements along the dairy value chain have widespread benefits for farmers, processors and consumers alike.

Blog by Martin Hiller: Frontier Markets and the Triple Efficiency Imperative

One strength of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is that it comes with a tight deadline. We are used to talking about climate change over long timescales, speaking of impacts expected and actions needed by 2050 or beyond, which reduces the impetus for immediate action. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) force us to focus on what can and needs to be done now, leaving us just 13 years to increase human wellbeing across the planet while at the same time safeguarding the environment and combatting climate change.

Greening India’s Dairy Value Chain - Travel Report

As a follow-up to the GIZ/REEEP project on Clean Energy Solutions for Milk Cooling in India and Kenya, which we implemented in 2017, this year we are working on a new venture called Greening India’s Dairy Value Chain (for a good overview of last year’s work, see the Energypedia article Clean Energy Solutions for Milk Cooling in India and Kenya).
 

Promoting Market-Based Deployment of Energy Efficiency Solutions in Municipal Waterworks: Pilot Initiative in South Africa

Municipal water supply and wastewater systems operate 24 hours a day and are among the largest consumers of electricity in municipalities. Electricity costs can amount to between 40 and 70 percent of total running costs of municipal water infrastructure. In countries with carbon-intensive electricity grids, water infrastructure consequently generates substantial CO2 emissions.

Germany’s Top Students Build Sustainability Scenarios for Nepal

By Olivia Coldrey and Jana Weber

Stipendiaten machen Programm | A program of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation

Olivia Coldrey, REEEP’s Director, Sustainable Finance, recently spent an afternoon with a group of exceptional scholarship students from Germany exploring sustainable development scenarios for Nepal to 2050. This was a great opportunity for REEEP to share its expertise and at the same time get a fresh view on the issues we work on from the next generation of leaders.

Blog by Martin Hiller: Renewables for Resilience - How Renewable Energy Contributes to Sustainable Land Use

I recently participated in a panel discussion on the question of why sustainable land use is important for a low-carbon energy future. While pondering this question in preparation for the panel, my first thought was that it should be turned around: how can renewable energy contribute to making land use more sustainable?

SWITCH Africa Green Close Out Event Highlights Project Successes

On Thursday, 18 January 2018, the REEEP and SANEDI Teams hosted a Close Out Event to mark the end of the EU-funded SWITCH Africa Green project “Sustainable Energy Consumption and Production in Agriculture and Integrated Waste Management” at the Kleinkaap Hotel in Pretoria. Working in collaboration with UNEP, UNDP and UNOPS, REEEP provided training programmes and direct capacity building activities to 150 MSMEs in the South African agricultural sector, to support them in introducing clean energy solutions into their daily operations.

Lessons for Africa from India's Electrification Experience?

The fundamental lesson from the Indian experience for any country looking to rapidly accelerate expansion of electricity access is that market-based decentralized renewable energy solutions represent the fastest and most cost-effective ways to bring energy to underserved rural and peri-urban populations; but to leverage the innovation, expertise and investment of the private sector, governments must work to include such approaches in development and electrification master planning, and to develop sustainable mechanisms for compensating private operators and providers of energy services for providing a public good to society.

Sustainable Milk Cooling – Entry points in the Kenyan and Indian dairy sectors

The project Business Cases for Milk Cooling analysed dairy value chains in India and Kenya and identified high-potential clean energy interventions for milk cooling, with the ultimate aim to increase efficiency and provide new economic opportunities for the actors in the value chains.

Sustainable Milk Cooling – Entry points for clean energy solutions in India's Dairy Value Chain

The project 2017 Business Cases for Milk Cooling (GIZ-REEEP) analyses experiences from dairy value chains in South Asia and East Africa to identify high potential clean energy interventions for increased efficiency and economic opportunity in Kenya and India for milk cooling.
Mission Trip to India (May 22nd – 26th 2017)
Dr. Blane Harvey and I travelled to Delhi on May 21st to spend a week meeting stakeholders from the dairy sector in order to confirm what we learnt from the literature, hear about specific details from those working in the field and to establish relationships for future engagement.

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