I am emailing on behalf of Namiz Musafer from Practical Action Sri Lanka who would like to introduce us this section of the report on Bioenergy Market Development and take us through a case study on participatory market mapping for bioenergy markets for industry, service and household sectors in Sri Lanka. He apologises for not being able to present this himself today but will be available for questions as soon as he can gain internet access in the next day or so. His presentation is as follows:
Cooking accounts for 81% of total biomass consumption where biomass has a 47% of Sri Lanka’s national primary energy consumption. The aim of PISCES country program is to ensure energy access for the poor with the focus being on effective and sustainable utilisation of biomass energy for domestic and industrial energy demands. Following a capacity building exercise in 2008 to understand the (Participatory Market Systems Development) PMSD process, this paper presents the results of a Participatory Market Mapping (PMM) workshop to analyse bioenergy market systems of the domestic, institutional and industrial sectors in order to identify key issues in the market chain and where policy interventions are required. The workshop identified similarities between the enabling environments and supporting services for both markets. The workshops culminated with recommendations to improve policies and form product specifications in order to mature the market chains and improve the flow paths of bioenergy products.
The market mapping workshop was successful in identifying chain actors, enabling environment players, service providers and their inter-relationships, and, in particular, the issues facing them. However, the quantification of the flow of biomass along the chain was not successful, due to the immature nature of the chains with poorly constructed flow paths. Therefore, it is worthwhile for PISCES to address these issues to enable biomass to be promoted as a well established commercial commodity.
The proposed recommendations from the project include:
§ The establishment of an institution with the authority to implement a bioenergy sector policy framework;
§ The formulation of biomass product specifications (e.g. moisture content and size) in consultation with the Sri Lanka Standards Institution;
§ The development of a practical pricing mechanism for biomass;
§ and a revolving fund for cushioning price fluctuations.
John Ndegwa, Namiz Musafer and Tameezan wa Gathui
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Ewan and Namiz welcome questions, ideas and clarification based in this work. Namiz unfortunately has limited internet access at the moment but will answer as soon as he can.