Bioenergy for Africa: Catalyzing Improvements in Biomass Data for Better Policy and Resource Management

Wednesday, May 2nd: 16:00 - 17:30 - Alfama

HOST: Sustainable Bioenergy Accelerator

The use of biomass for energy is a significant share of energy use in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). However, the current and potential contribution of biomass to the energy mix is not clear, because current data do not adequately assess bioenergy consumption at the household, commercial or institutional level. This Challenge of Biomass Use Data collection, analysis and dissemination hinders efforts to move away from the unsustainable, traditional use of biomass and towards sustainable, modern bioenergy.

Sustainable Energy for All and its newly re-structured Bioenergy Accelerator are creating a multi-stakeholder initiative to help African countries with biomass data collection, knowledge management and resource management. In its Partner Working Session, the Bioenergy Accelerator aims to specify concrete ways to advance the African Biomass Data Initiative from planning to action in collaboration with African Institutions, including AFREC, UNECA and the regional centers for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency. The Partner Working Session will be structured to create consensus within the SEforALL on how SEforALL and the Bioenergy Accelerator can catalyze improvements in Biomass Data collection, analysis and dissemination in High Impact African countries. The audience will ideally consist of any and all stakeholders with interest in rural electrification and clean cooking.

Gerard J. Ostheimer Lead and Secretariat Sustainable Energy for All Bioenergy Accelerator
Tunji John Asaolu Chairperson of Social Affairs and Health Sub-Committee African Union Economic, Social and Cultural Council
Adam Brown Consultant
Olivier Dubois Senior Natural Resources Officer and Coordinator of the Energy Programme Food and Agriculture Organization
Atef Marzouk Interim Executive Director African Energy Commission
Mekalia Paulos Aklilu Researcher- Climate Change, Energy & Development UN Economic Commission for Africa
Ralph Ripken Senior Consultant E4Tech
Jeff Skeer Senior Programme Officer for Technical Cooperation International Renewable Energy Agency
Adrian Whiteman Head of Statistics International Renewable Energy Agency