Biogas Awareness Workshop in the Eastern Province, Sri Lanka

Janathakshan and People in Need, Cz Conduct Biogas Technology Awareness Workshop in the Eastern Province, Sri Lanka.

Trincomalee, 21st August 2014-  Janathakshan together with project partner People in Need(PIN), Czech Republic and the Eastern Provincial Council held the second of four awareness creation workshops under the EU SWITCH-Asia Initiative “Up-scaling Biogas Technology for Sustainable Development and Mitigating Climate Change in Sri Lanka.” Held at the Chief Minister's Secretariat, Trincomalee the workshop was graced by Hon. Najeeb Abdul Majeed, Chief Minister of the Eastern Provincial Council, Provincial representatives from the Ministry of  Health, Education, Environment, Industry, Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Local Government representatives, Hoteliers, Bank managers both private and national, International and Local NGO’s and biogas users in the region.  

Funded by the European Union on a budget of EUR 665,000, the EU SWITCH-Asia initiative is a joint partnership between local partner Janathakshan and People in Need, Cz, focused on up-scaling biogas technologies for sustainable development, responsible tourism, economic growth contributing to poverty reduction and climate change mitigation in Sri Lanka. The provincial awareness workshop saw the participation of all provincial stakeholders and promoted the use of biogas as a renewable, clean energy source for public authorities, households and tourism Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). Participants were also given the opportunity to witness success stories from other districts and have interactive multi-stakeholder discussions.

Hon. Najeeb Abdul Majeed, Chief Minister of the Eastern Provincial Council addressing the workshop

 

 

 

 

Janathakshan Snr. Engineer Rohitha Ananda explaining the benefits of biogas

 

Janathakshan, Programme Manager  Damitha Samarakoon briefing the audience on the EU SWITCH-Asia inititaive

 

 

 

 

 

 

Biogas – A Bankable Investment Opportunity

People In Need, Cz and Janathakshan (Gte) Ltd Conduct Awareness Workshop for Financial Institutions on the EU SWITCH-Asia Initiative
“Biogas – A Bankable Investment Opportunity”

Colombo, 14th August 2014- People In Need, (Czech Republic) and Janathakshan (Gte) Ltd conducted “Biogas – A Bankable Investment Opportunity,” the awareness workshop for Financial Institutions on the EU SWITCH-Asia Initiative “Up-scaling Biogas Technology for Sustainable Development and Mitigating Climate Change in Sri Lanka.” Held at the BMICH, the workshop saw the participation of over 30 interested financial institutions (banks and MFIs) and was graced by representatives from the Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority (SEA), Lanka Biogas Association (LBA), Sri Lanka Standards Institute (SLSI), Coordinating Secretariat for Science Technology and Innovation (COSTI), South Asia Partnership Sri Lanka (SAPSRI) and National Universities.

The one day workshop introduced banks and MFI’s to biogas technology and encouraged the inclusion of biogas systems as a bankable investment opportunity in their loan portfolio. Representatives from the Cambodian micro finance institution PRASAC,  providing loans to households investing in biogas digesters since 2007,  imparted knowledge on biogas related products, loan schemes development, risks and returns associated with lending for biogas systems. The afternoon session of the workshop included interactive discussions between biogas technology experts, financial institution personnel other stakeholders related to micro credit.

The awareness workshop for financial institutions “Biogas – A Bankable Investment Opportunity,” aimed at making biogas technology financially accessible to a greater proportion of Manufacturing and Construction SME’s, hotels and households in Sri Lanka. Participants were also given a guided tour of operational biogas units at the BMICH manufactured by Arpico and Janathakshan. The SiriLak Umaga model donated by Janathakshan has been working successfully for close to a year.

 

Dr. Thusitha Sugathapala, Director General, SLSEA lighting the traditional oil lamp

 

Dr. Thusitha Sugathapala, Director General, Sustainable Energy Authority  gave the keynote address

 

Group picture

 

Up-Scaling Biogas Technology

Up-Scaling Biogas technology for sustainable development and climate change mitigation in Sri Lanka

The inaugural Workshop on the EU SWITCH-ASIA Initiative “Up-scaling Biogas Technology for Sustainable Development and Mitigating Climate Change in Sri Lanka” was launched on the 2nd April 2014 at Committee Room ‘’E’’, BMICH, Colombo 7. Janathakshan joins forces with People in Need (PIN) to implement the three year project focused on up-scaling biogas technologies for sustainable development, responsible tourism, economic growth contributing to poverty reduction and climate change mitigation in Sri Lanka. Funded by the European Union on a budget of EUR 665,000, this new EU Switch-Asia Programme promotes the use of biogas as a renewable, clean energy source for tourism Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), households and public authorities in the country while building the technical capacity of manufacture and construction SMEs in biogas technologies. Committed to creating an enabling environment for the large scale dissemination of biogas technologies the project also supports micro-finance institutions develop financial schemes to provide loans for biogas installations to SMEs and households.

The workshop presented the project portfolio, preliminary project findings related to use of biogas in Sri Lanka, project goals and was followed by an open forum discussion stimulating discussions between both interested parties and experts. The outcomes of these discussions will be taken into account by the implementing agencies during the further course of the project. The inaugural workshop was graced by the Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Livestock and Rural Community Development, Ministry of Technology, Research and Atomic Energy, Ministry of Economic Development and other related ministries, National Institutions such as the Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority (SEA), Lanka Biogas Association (LBA) and Sri Lanka Standards Institute (SLSI), EU representatives and key stakeholders from the private sector institutions related to manufacture, construction, financing and tourism and other organizations.

Biogas Technology Awareness Workshop

Janathakshan and People in Need, Cz Conduct Biogas Technology Awareness Workshop in the North Western Province, Sri Lanka

Kurunegala, 10th June 2014 - Janathakshan together with project partner People in Need (PIN), Czech Republic, Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority and the North Western Provincial Council held the first of four awareness creation workshops under the EU SWITCH-ASIA Initiative “Up-scaling Biogas Technology for Sustainable Development and Mitigating Climate Change in Sri Lanka.” Held at the Seasons Hotel Pvt Ltd, Kurunegala the workshop was graced by Hon. Dayasiri Jayasekara, Chief Minister of the North Western Provincial (NWP) Council, Hon. A. Gamini Peramunage, Mayor Kurunegala Municipal Council, Mr. R.M.D. Jayawardhane, Assistant Commissioner Local Government NWP, Dr. N. Thilakaratne Provincial Director Department of Animal Production and Health, representatives from the NWP Divisional Secretariat and Department of Health, Education and Environment, regional bank managers both private and national and World Vision.

The provincial awareness workshop saw the participation of all provincial stakeholders and promoted the use of biogas as a renewable, clean energy source for public authorities, households and tourism Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). Participants were also given the opportunity to witness success stories from other districts and have interactive multi-stakeholder discussions. Weighing in on the training and capacity building component of the project, local authorities requested training support on biogas technology for technical officers facilitating the integration of biogas systems in future development projects. The awareness workshop was held as a follow up event to the inaugural Workshop on the EU SWITCH-ASIA Initiative “Up-scaling Biogas Technology for Sustainable Development and Mitigating Climate Change in Sri Lanka” held in Colombo on the 2nd April 2014.

Discussion on Technology Justice

Date: 25th October 2013 | Time: 10.30 am to 12.30 pm | Venue: BMICH, Mihilaka Medura

Round Table Discussion on Technology Justice

Technology Justice is defined as the right of people to decide, chose and use technologies that assist them in leading the kind of life they value without compromising the ability of others and future generations to do the same.

Will greater understanding of Technology Justice help as Sri Lanka moves forward facing challenges as a middle income country?

The session will particularly examine Science Technology & Innovation (STI) and Trade & Commerce policies in Sri Lanka which are expected to stimulate technology capacity and practice in the country as it emerges from three decades of deadlock created by the war and plans to move forward.

Speakers :

  • Technology Justice: Concept - Simon Trace, CEO, Practical Action
  • Technology Justice in Science and Technology policy of Sri Lanka - Prashanthi Jayasekara, Centre for Poverty Analysis
  • Technology Justice in Trade and Commerce policy of Sri Lanka - Chatura Rodrigo, Institute of Policy Studies

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