20 February 2013 – Stove durability study launch in Haiti

During 2013 Jonathan Rouse and Kirstie Jagoe are providing the technical lead on a ‘longitudinal study’ of 9 improved stoves in homes in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Stoves will be introduced to 150 households, where a series of periodic surveys and tests of indoor air quality and stove performance will be undertaken over the course of a year to April 2014. The project is also making use of Stove Use Monitoring Systems (SUMS units, or ‘ibuttons’) to log stove temperature to indicate patterns of usage. The study objectives are focused on understanding the relative performance, durability and acceptability of stoves in the medium term, in ‘real-life’ settings.

20 November 2012 – UNHCR Refugee Energy Assesment

HED Consulting is pleased to be contributing to the UNHCR Domestic Energy Assessment, Strategy & Guidelines project, based on review work undertaken in selected African refugee operations. ProAct Network, Switzerland, is leading the work. HED is focusing on exploring the potential for leveraging carbon-finance for refugee camps.
Refugee camps present particular challenges with respect to carbon finance, around tracability of devices (populations may be more mobile than elsewhere) and establishing accurate baselines among diverse populations. This project aims to consolidate findings from other projects, explore potential for carbon finance in some specific camps, and develop guidelines to help those involved in camps assess the potential for this form of finance.

1 October 2012 – Charcoal consumption studies in Haiti

Jonathan Rouse and Kirstie Jagoe are working together on a range of projects in Haiti, all related to improved biomass stoves. The portfolio of projects includes baseline surveys of household charcoal consumption and studies of street-food vendor and school charcoal consumption, all in Port-au-Prince.
The studies have presented particular challenges due to the complex household energy environments, in homes which often use multiple stoves simultaneously, and where charcoal is purchased on an ad-hoc basis in non-standardised measures. The studies continue into 2013.

1 June 2012 – Ghana stoves Due Diligence Assessment

On behalf of a potential investor a HED Consulting team led by Jonathan Rouse and Matthew Owen recently completed a month-long due diligence assessment of a proposed stove project in Ghana. The assessment included one week spent in Ghana where Matthew met with the implementers, assessed the stove design and user-feedback, evaluated the business plan and explored the market and competition. Jonathan led the review of the CDM documentation, baseline studies, NRB evidence and stove performance tests.

18 April 2012 – Presentation at World Congress on Public Health

Kirstie Jagoe will be presenting at the 13th World Congress on Public Health  in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 23-27 April 2012 (http://www.etpha.org/2012/)
As part of a panel discussion on critical research and public health programs focusing on the health benefits of clean cookstoves, Kirstie will present results from the World Bank funded study ‘Madagascar: Ethanol as a Household Fuel. Health Benefits, Economic Assessment and Review of African Lessons for Scaling-Up’.

11 March 2012 – Matthew Owen joins HED

We are pleased to welcome Matthew Owen to our team, who brings over 20 years’ experience in the development, implementation and evaluation of biomass energy programmes in Africa and Asia. Our first project together is a Due Diligence assessment of a CDM project planned in West Africa, for which he is focusing on the technology and commercial aspects.
Matthew Owen (BSc[Hons], MA) initially worked for the Bellerive Foundation, a Swiss NGO, commercialising institutional cookstoves for schools in East Africa, and then as regional energy advisor to Practical Action, improving the quality and sustainability of domestic energy programmes in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. He went on to develop biomass energy and stove programmes for the Shell Foundation (East Africa), Swiss Development Cooperation (Tanzania), the World Bank (Malawi), the Burmese Border Consortium (Thailand), and the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), for whom he has not only designed energy and forestry initiatives in over 15 countries, but has also developed technical manuals on domestic energy and cooking fuel options for global application.

2 March 2012 – HED Consulting signs up to stoves ISO document

This week Jonathan Rouse represented HED in The Hague, Netherlands, to participate in the first ISO International Workshop on clean and efficient cookstoves. Organised by PCIA and Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, the meeting brought together 85 stakeholders from across five continents including stove manufacturers, implementers, researchers, academics, stove testers, and the private sector.
The focus of the meeting was on the draft International Workshop Agreement (IWA), and ISO document which frames tiered ratings for cooking stove performance in four categories:
  • overall emissions
  • indoor emissions
  • efficiency, and
  • safety.
These proposed tiers will enable stoves to be described on a scale from 0 to 4. For each category Tier 0 indicates that a stove is equivalent to, or worse than, a three stone fire; Tier 4 it is an aspirational goal which is met by very few stoves are present in any of the categories.
The efficiency rating system was of particular interest given HED's involvement with carbon financed stove programs, where the efficiency of the baseline system (often a three stone fire) has a significant bearing on the viability of the project. The IPCCC default value for three stone fires is 10% the efficiency; the IWA proposes 15% based on extensive lab-based testing of a standardised three stone fire.
In the course of the meeting, participants were given the opportunity to amend the Workshop Agreement, resulting in a document signed by every participant. This is now fixed and in place for a period of three years. It is likely to represents the first step towards ISO standards being developed over the next 2 to 3 years.
It seems likely that in case ISO standards are developed cookstoves, they would likely be incorporated into the carbon methodologies. We are now looking into the implications of this on some of our existing partner's programmes.
HED is in support of any initiative which creates incentive for the development of stoves which are not just 'improved' but which result in quantifiable and significant improvements in performance.

November 2011 – Liz Bates joins HED

We are delighted to welcome Liz Bates as our most recent associate. She will be assisting HED in delivering a busy schedule of baseline studies and stove testing programmes across Africa in coming months.
Liz worked for the NGO Practical Action for many years, where she was international manager of a DFID-funded programme of work on Smoke, Health and Household energy. For several years she was editor of the journal 'Boiling Point', and occasionally edits household energy materials for GIZ. Liz is also involved with the HEDON household energy network.