[Stoves] Indonesia CSI report/video/blog

Nikhil Desai pienergy2008 at gmail.com
Fri Jul 27 08:18:37 MDT 2018


Crispin:

Some hype-dropping here - " the estimated welfare losses is a staggering
US$1.52 trillion annually."

Probably comes from assigning every DALY a value of three times the per
capita income for a country.

Just a guess; I know IHME tricks and capacity for hyperbole. At least, they
call it "estimated". Anybody who has a fix on estimating "welfare losses"
will be given the next Nobel in economics, even several ones. (Or one in
peace. Easier.)

Or " In today’s modern era, reliance on traditional cooking fuel and
technologies is taking a toll on health, gender, the environment, and
climate.  "

No evidentiary basis. GACC blew its DfID contract for finding the "Evidence
Base". See https://devtracker.dfid.gov.uk/projects/GB-1-203036.

I am not necessarily disagreeing that there is a toll on health, gender,
the environment, and climate, just that nobody has a measure worth beans,
not even this DfID contract worth nearly 9 million pounds (of which 2
million pounds went to WHO and the rest mostly to UN Foundation).  No
report has been issued by GACC.

Then there is another report - by Winrock for USAID -  CLEAN AND
EFFICIENTCOOKING TECHNOLOGIESAND FUELSTHE FUEL-EFFICIENT COOKSTOVES AND
CLEAN FUELS SECTOR ISEVOLVING RAPIDLY, ENABLING CROSS-CUTTING SOLUTIONS
THAT C ANACHIEVE GREATER DEVELOPMENT IMPACTS.
<https://www.winrock.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/WinrockCookstoveCombined.pdf>
It
is supposed to be a "Tool-kit"

The Winrock report does mention GACC nearly 20 times and refers to all
kinds of products by or for GACC, but does not mention anything about the
DfID "Evidence Base" project. At one point it cites "a 2015 report by
Climate Focus for the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves" to say "a
quarter of the gross emissions from deforestation in the tropics is
attributable to woodfuel emissions from household cooking."

Yeah, right. Not that difficult to cook up that number. The problem - for
carbon fanatics - is that in many countries, the LULUCF (Land Use, Land Use
Changes, and Forestry)contribution to national GHG inventories is NEGATIVE
- i.e., whatever these "gross emissions from deforestation", there is a net
INCREASE in the so-called land sink due to fresh biomass growth.

So much for cooking, climate and environment. Let's see something about
health, instead of 2012 DALYs based on non-existent data, or on gender,
whatever that is supposed to be measured by.

All numbers are cooked. With no protocol. (A lot of emission and
concentration measurements in poor people's homes - where American
university angels had rushed in - were also made without a consistent
protocol. This remains a favorite among academics who know very little
about combustion or cooking fuels, or foods and cooks.)

Otherwise, I hope the World Bank gets to the real business - MOVE THE
NEEDLE. Why is it the case that "most access deficit countries have yet to
give priority and resources to promote modern energy cooking solutions
which are vastly underfunded. "?

[Hint: Chasing aDALY dollars isn't going to do the job. Will only lead to
more waste. About $30 m would be a good start toward national programs to
scale up "access to modern energy cooking services" in three countries
(with co-finance from bilaterals who are ready to dump GACC, WHO, and ISO
TC-285, though a lot of GACC work and capacity can and should be salvaged.
Just get out of the game of greater glory for the Empire Promotion Agency.]


Nikhil

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On Mon, Jul 23, 2018 at 11:10 AM, Crispin Pemberton-Pigott <
crispinpigott at outlook.com> wrote:

> Dear Friends
>
> The Bahasa Indonesia language version of the story behind the Central Java
> Stove Pilot has gone live:
>
> http://blogs.worldbank.org/eastasiapacific/id/node/3607<http
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>
> I would also like to draw your attention of another blog just published
> “Cooking helped us survive… modern energy cooking services can make us
> thrive.”
>
> http://blogs.worldbank.org/energy/cooking-helped-us-survive-
> modern-energy-cooking-services-can-make-us-thrive<https://na
> m01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fblogs
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>
> Best regards
> Crispin
>
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