It is becoming ever more important that energy programmes are reliable against changes in the climate. Ways of providing people access to energy whilst minimising impact on the environment and natural resources are now considered vital for sustainable development.

This edition of Boiling Point seeks to address some of the challenges in making this provision, and it presents examples of related initiatives being implemented and explored to enhance the adaptive capacity, resilience and energy security for households and communities against climate change.

Cooking and heating demands can cause damage to biomass energy supplies and the environment, especially where alternatives are difficult to implement, such as in the cold mountainous regions of Tajikistan. The German organisation Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) outlines efforts to increase efficient use of existing wood resources in this region by incorporating improved cooking and thermal insulation technologies. Research in Zambia by the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) reveals the need for prioritising the views of household users of charcoal in order to foster sustainable consumption. Christian Aid demonstrates how small- scale renewable energy programmes can provide resilient livelihood opportunities for communities without access to grid electricity. Highlighted by the M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) is an example of how institutions in India have adapted to stimulate local use of previously wasted bamboo for charcoal. Surveys to support energy programmes conducted by Mercy Corps encourage combining market based approaches with environmental stability to build community resilience against climate change. This edition features the African Climate Policy Centre’s (ACPC’s) proposal on how a Low Carbon pathway can meet Africa’s development goals, which includes improving economic growth and energy access, through measures that mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.

One of the challenges in implementing new energy programmes is stimulating a successful market; Lifeline has tackled this issue head on. In our Viewpoints segment, founder Dan Wolf discusses their use of distribution networks to supply fuel- efficient cookstoves. Also in Viewpoints, we hear from Mayte de Vries at ETC Energy, a group which works worldwide on human and natural resource management. The author describes their promotion of biogas as a secure source of energy for farmer- run households in Vietnam. The extremes of climatic effects can have disastrous consequences in vulnerable areas. In the Helpline section, Magnus Wolf Murray and Jeremy Stone provide their expert responses on how to make energy programmes more resistant in a flood-prone region; an example is taken of flooding in Bangladesh. In the final theme article, Practical Action presents an extract from their interactive Renewable Energy Toolkit, which supports harnessing the power of renewables to support various household uses of energy.

Our regular General section details some emerging research in household energy technologies. Useful findings have been established for stove designers seeking to improve heat transfer to cookstoves, and there is information on the development and adoption of a lantern that uses a plant oil substitute for kerosene lighting in rural India. Boiling Point 61 touches upon the need for a regulatory environment, with an article by Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS) comparing policy developments in South Africa to improve energy access.

We hope you enjoy this issue and we look forward to hearing your impressions and suggestions at BoilingPoint@HEDON.info.

Best regards,
The Editorial team
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