As industries in countries in the Mekong region begin to compete in the global stage, they also unfortunately realize that their products – measured by laboratories in their own countries which most often do not comply with international testing standards – do not measure up to recognized global standards. This non-conformation of laboratories with internationally-recognized testing quality standards presents a “technical barrier to trade,” a fact recognized by the World Trade Organization.
As the past year is officially drawn to a close and as we enter the new year, GERES in Southeast Asia gives you a rundown of the HIGHLIGHTS OF 2014 and ANTICIPATED EVENTS IN 2015.
Read on and take a trip down the memory lane with us as we recollect what we did the past year towards promoting sustainable B-I-O-M-A-S-S E-N-E-R-G-Y (in) S.E. A(sia).
by Yohanes Iwan Baskoro, Lead Technical Advisor, StovePlus
A question was posed to me recently: More than 50 years after the notion that had put improved cookstove (ICS) as part of the solution to the global fuel, environment and health problems began to gain global recognition, why are we now still talking about promoting worldwide adoption of the ICS?
Coincidentally coming in the wake of a recently concluded first ever Cookstoves Future Summit hosted by the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves in New York City, the question is loaded with implications and goes right to the heart of the challenges that confront ICS project developers all over the world.
GERES is invited to participate in the Bonn International Cooking Energy Forum from June 26th to 28th and will be introducing StovePlus, an ambitious program aimed at tackling energy poverty in Asia and Africa. Continue reading