Webinars

This is the temporary site for the EPA and Winrock webinar proceedings for webinars that were held after June 1, 2012. To access webinars that were held prior to June 1, 2012, please visit the PCIA legacy website Proceedings Page at http://www.pciaonline.org/proceedings

Using technology to expand access to cookstove consumer finance

On October 17, 2017 Winrock International and the U.S. EPA hosted a webinar titled "Using technology to expand access to cookstove consumer finance". Partnerships between product manufacturers, distributors, financial institutions and technology providers are creating new opportunities and greater access to consumer financing for household energy products. This webinar featured speakers from three innovative cookstove consumer financing partnerships that use technology to reach new and expanded networks of (in some cases previously unbanked) consumers: Tania Laden on the LivelyHoods Installment Payment Arrangement (LIPA), Elvin Walela and Matt Goldberg on the Juhudi Kilimo / BioLite psychometric credit assessment pilot, and Mriganka Lulla on Equity Bank’s EcoMoto Loan on Equitel. Speakers discussed the goals, lessons learned, and key outcomes of these recent/ongoing consumer financing partnerships.

You can view the full recording of the event HERE. Questions and Answers from the webinar and the presentation slides are available in PDF format below.

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What are we learning from health studies of clean cooking interventions?

On August 22, 2017 Winrock International and the U.S. EPA hosted a webinar titled "What are we learning from health studies of clean cooking interventions?". While there are multiple social, economic and environmental benefits that can be gained by switching from traditional biomass stoves and fuels to cleaner and more efficient alternatives, many cooking interventions are motivated by a desire to reduce health risks for cooks and their families. However, studies have shown that improvements in health outcomes can be difficult to achieve, especially for biomass stoves. This webinar featured Dr. Deborah Havens from the biomass-based Cooking and Pneumonia Study (CAPS) in Malawi, Dr. Michael Johnson from the Household Air Pollution Intervention Network (HAPIN) Trial with LPG in India, Rwanda, Peru, and Guatemala, and Dr. Sola Olopade from the randomized control trials with ethanol in Nigeria, who discussed the goals, lessons learned, and key findings of these recent/ongoing health studies.

You can view the full recording of the event HERE. Questions and Answers from the webinar and the presentation slides are available in PDF format below.

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Measuring and Understanding Household Stove Use Field Study Series

On July 19, 2017 Winrock International and the U.S. EPA hosted a webinar titled "Measuring and Understanding Household Stove Use Field Study Series". In our sector, there is growing recognition of the complex, inter-related barriers to widespread uptake and sustained, exclusive use of improved stoves/fuels. Promising laboratory results showing significant reductions of fuel consumption and toxic emissions are rarely reproducible in the field when the stove is integrated into intricate household cooking systems based on traditional burning of solid fuels. To achieve benefits, use of cleaner and/or more efficient options must be sustained and account for a substantial proportion of cooking tasks. This webinar featured Charity Garland from Berkeley Air Monitoring Group, Katie Gross from Winrock International, Katie Laughlin from StoveTeam International, and Daniel Salinas and Nguyen Hong Hanh from SNV Vietnam, who presented monitoring tools used in these 3 adoption studies (including SUMs analysis software); the findings of each study; and the challenges and lessons learned along the way.

You can view the full recording of the event HERE. Questions and Answers from the webinar and the presentation slides are available in PDF format below.

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Cookstoves for Productive Uses

On March 16, 2017 Winrock International and the U.S. EPA hosted a webinar titled "Cookstoves for Productive Uses". In the cookstoves sector, much attention is appropriately paid to household-level cooking. But open fires and rudimentary biomass cookstoves are also used widely for entrepreneurial activities. Cleaner and more efficient cookstoves for these commercial applications can result in improved working conditions, higher profit margins, better quality products, and reduced environmental impacts. This webinar featured Julie Gaston from Initiative Développement, Adam Creighton from Institutional Stove Solutions (InStove) and Benedicta Avega from SNV Netherlands Development Organisation, who presented examples and shared case studies of productive use cookstove projects in Ghana and Comoros.

You can view the full recording of the event HERE. Questions and Answers from the webinar and the presentation slides are available in PDF format below.

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Recent Progress, Achievements and Efforts in the LPG for Cooking Sector

On December 15, 2016 Winrock International and the U.S. EPA hosted a webinar titled "Recent Progress, Achievements and Efforts in the LPG for Cooking Sector ". Efforts to promote and expand LPG access are ongoing in countries across the globe, as one of many important solutions for clean, efficient cooking. The World LPG Association (WLPGA) has been a leader in these efforts through their work with the Cooking for Life campaign, among several other initiatives. During this webinar Michael Kelly, Alison Abbott and David Tyler from WLPGA provided a high level overview of the current LPG for cooking sector, women in LPG, the Cooking for Life campaign and LPG in humanitarian settings. Kalinda Magloire from SWITCH Haiti and Renuka Shukla from India's Mission Smokeless initiative presented specific examples of national-level LPG efforts.

You can view the full recording of the event HERE. Questions and Answers from the webinar are available in PDF format below. The presentation slides can be found HERE.

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Using Stove Emissions Data to Estimate Air Quality

On September 13, 2016 Winrock International and the U.S. EPA hosted a webinar titled "Using Stove Emissions Data to Estimate Air Quality: An overview of World Health Organization (WHO) current modeling approaches and future plans". The webinar provided background on how stove emissions can be related to concentrations of indoor air quality and vice versa. The modeling approach described is the same as that used for the development of the emissions guidance in the International Workshop Agreement 11:2012: Guidelines for evaluating cookstove performance; and the WHO Guidelines for Indoor Air Quality: Household Fuel Combustion.

In addition to describing how the model can be used to estimate air quality or derive emissions targets, the presentation included background on the WHO’s work on providing guidance in the household energy sector and planned future activities. These future activities include expanding the model’s capabilities (e.g., accounting for stove stacking), as well as providing an interactive web version of the model for which regionally-based data can be input for more relevant local application. This webinar featured Heather Adair-Rohani and Jessica Lewis from WHO, Nigel Bruce from University of Liverpool & WHO and Michael Johnson from Berkeley Air Monitoring Group.

You can view the full recording of the event HERE. Presentation slides are available in PDF format below.

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Cookstove Field Monitoring Technologies: Latest Advances and FAQs

Field monitoring technologies for cookstoves cover a range of diverse monitoring needs from health and climate monitoring to usage and adoption. They can help you better understand your impacts, and adapt and strengthen your strategies to better meet the needs of customers and donors. They’re also valuable tools for growing sector knowledge around field use and impacts. Significant advances have been made since EPA and Winrock first covered the topic in a webinar 3 years ago. This webinar featured Tara Ramanathan from Nexleaf Analytics, Michael Johnson from Berkeley Air Monitoring Group and Dexter Gauntlett from SweetSense Inc, discussing the latest advancements in field monitoring technologies, and some examples and case studies of their use in the field to inform programs and business development. It also included a discussion of Frequently Asked Questions that were solicited from the webinar registrants in advance.

You can view the full recording of the event HERE. Presentation slides and Questions and Answers from the webinar are available in PDF format below.

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WASHplus: What we did, why it matters

On June 15, 2016 Winrock International and the U.S. EPA hosted a webinar titled "WASHplus: What we did, why it matters". WASHplus clean cooking expert Elisa Derby from Winrock International and behavior change specialist Julia Rosenbaum from FHI 360 presented on the last 5+ years of WASHplus support to the clean cooking sector, what WASHplus did and learned, and why it matters. Highlights from the webinar include results and findings from consumer preference studies in Bangladesh and Nepal and information about the new WASHplus consumer research toolkit.

WASHplus is a multi-year project funded through USAID’s Bureau for Global Health that supports healthy households and communities by developing and implementing interventions that lead to improvements in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and household air pollution (HAP) activities. FHI 360 led WASHplus implementation and Winrock International was the lead partner on clean cooking activities.

You can view the full recording of the event HERE. Presentation slides and Questions and Answers from the webinar are available in PDF format below.

Additional WASHplus-supported publications:

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Clean Burning Biomass Cookstoves: Advancing R&D on Super Clean Stoves

On May 18, 2016 Winrock International and the U.S. EPA hosted a webinar titled "Clean Burning Biomass Cookstoves: Advancing R&D on Super Clean Stoves ”. Mr. Dean Still and Mr. Sam Bentson from Aprovecho Research Center presented on their newest publication Clean Burning Biomass Cookstoves, which describes work supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The book covers a description of Aprovecho’s design process and testing results (including user-informed design and field testing) of each of the five biomass stoves that were developed, CAD drawings of the stoves, and guidance on how to use key design principles for heat transfer and combustion efficiency to get the cleanest burning stoves possible. During the webinar presenters discussed the results of their research including a discussion on their iterative design process, tips for maximizing heat transfer and combustion efficiency, a description and drawings of each of the five stoves developed, and a discussion of their work validating these stoves with users in the field.

You can view the full recording of the event HERE. Presentation slides and Questions and Answers from the webinar are available in PDF format below.

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U.S. DOE Grantee Updates: Advancing Cookstove Research and Design (Two Part Series)

On February 22nd and 24th, 2016 Winrock International and the U.S. EPA hosted a two part webinar series titled "U.S. DOE Grantee Update: Advancing Biomass Cookstove Research and Design”. As part of the U.S. Government support for the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, the U.S. Department of Energy (U.S. DOE) awarded $10 million in grants for research aimed at addressing technical barriers to the development of low emission, high efficiency cookstoves through activities in areas such as combustion, heat transfer and materials development. Each project falls into at least one of the following four categories: developing low cost, durable stoves that achieve stringent efficiency and emissions goals; understanding the engineering science for advanced stoves; identifying stove designs to meet local cooking needs, and; identifying the nuances of successful stove dissemination and field performance. During the webinars presenters from each project provided an overview of their project and shared preliminary findings and results, following an introduction and overview by DOE’s Elliott Levine each day.

Part 1, February 22nd, 2016

  • Elliott Levine, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Dean Still, Aprovecho Research Center*
  • Jonathan Posner, University of Washington (UW)
  • David Stokes, RTI International
  • Ryan Gist, BioLite

You can view the full recording of Part 1 HERE. Questions and Answers from the webinar are available in PDF format below. The presentation slides can be found HERE.

*Click HERE to download Aprovecho Research Center's new book "Clean Burning Biomass Cookstoves".

Part 2, February 24th, 2016

  • Elliott Levine, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Vi Rapp, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)
  • Mike Brady, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
  • Jessica Tryner, Colorado State University (CSU)
  • Charity Garland, Berkeley Air Monitoring Group

You can view the full recording of Part 2 HERE. Questions and Answers from the webinar are available in PDF format below. The presentation slides can be found HERE.

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