Accelerating the achievement of SDG7: Enhancing capacities and South-South cooperation
in support of SDG7 review, follow up and implementation
Biogas production for household use in Western Parana communities, Brazil (Itaipu Binacional)
Capacity building for clean household energy for health and women empowerment
Energy poverty affects women and girls more than any other. They bear the burden on their security, when light fades away with the sun, on their health, as they cook with polluting sources such as dung or charcoal, or when they work or study with polluting devices such as kerosene lights. In many places, access to energy is taken for granted, but in developing countries it is often a luxury. If polluting fuels are replaced in households with clean sources of energy and capacities are built accordingly, women are empowered. It can offer them more security, a healthier environment and the possibility to expand their economic activities.
However, as highlighted in the Goal 7 review at the 2018 High-Level Political Forum, progress on these critical issues is falling short of what is needed to achieve Goal 7 by 2030. To accelerate clean energy access and the achievement of Goal 7 in developing countries, strengthened capacity-building will be necessary.
The project “Accelerating the achievement of SDG7: Enhancing capacities and South-South cooperation in support of SDG7 review, follow up and implementation” has supported a number of organizations in Developing Countries to share lessons learned from best practices, apply the knowledge to enhance capacity building activities on the ground. One good example is Itaipu Binacional (Brazil-Paraguay), which participated at the Global SDG7 conference in Bangkok, where they shared their experience and learned from good examples of other participants. Through their International Center on Renewable Energy – Biogás (CIBiogás-ER), ITAIPU successfully applied the knowledge gained during the conference. They strengthened capacity building efforts to technology research for the production of biogas from animal waste treatment, as well as to promote knowledge generation, capacity building and technology transfer on biogas production and its application for several uses, including cooking and electricity generation. At present, CIBiogás is in charge of the implementation and monitoring of 12 Demonstration Units in small and medium rural properties and cooperatives in the western Paraná and Uruguay, which are helping enhance capacities at business and community level and improving the health, livelihoods and economic opportunities of numerous families.