Setting national standards and performance benchmarks for improved cookstoves and solar lighting solutions for Ethiopia
23-23 May 2013

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TERI and Horn of Africa Regional Environment Centre and Network (HoA-REC&N) organized a Technology Discussion Forum (TDF) on "Benchmarks and Standardization of Improved Cookstoves and Solar Systems in Ethiopia" in Addis Ababa on 23 May 2013. This one-day forum brought together relevant stakeholders from the Ministry of Water and Energy, Ethiopian Conformity Assessment Enterprise (ECAE), GIZ, Ethiopian Solar Energy Society, solar equipment dealers, cookstove fabricators, NGO's, and consultants in the Ethiopian energy sector.

The Executive Director of HoA-REC&N, Dr Araya Asfaw, in his opening remarks noted that HoA-REC&N is aggressively working on sustainable and renewable energy sources for Ethiopian households with support from various partners, such as TERI and GIZ. Dr Asfaw added that "clean development is the priority of the country and therefore setting standards for cookstoves and solar lighting technologies is the need of the hour, which can contribute to Ethiopia's growth and transformation plan and the journey towards building a climate resilient green economy".

The workshop focused on two key components of energy access-solar lighting solutions and improved cookstoves systems. Presentations and panel-moderated discussions on: 1) the current status of quality standards and performance benchmarks for improved cook stoves and solar lighting in Ethiopia and 2) the need and ways of improving the quality control checks of solar lighting solutions and cookstoves, was held during the TDF.

The TDF concluded with participants acknowledging the importance of quality standards and performance benchmarks for solar lighting solutions and clean cookstoves and proposing to the Ministry of Water and Energy the formation of a working group, composed of the Ministry of Water and Energy, ECAE, Ethiopian Standards Agency, GIZ, HoAREC&N/TERI, and representation from solar companies and cookstove fabricators, to work on the formulation of a national minimum standard and benchmarks for solar lighting solutions and improved cookstoves in Ethiopia.

Presentations