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Sustainable Energy News


Sustainable Energy News is a quarterly newsletter where INFORSE members and other NGOs exchange information on renewable and sustainable energy. The newsletter is published since 1993. It followed the "Soft Energy News", which was published in 1990-93.

Sustainable Energy News also targets decision makers to raise their awareness of sustainable energy problems, solutions, and successes.

Read Sustainable Energy News Online: You can download pdf files of all issues (including Contents) from: SEN (all issues).

Distribution: Between 1,500 and 3,000 paper copies are published and distributed world wide, mainly to NGOs, but also to government representatives and research and educational institutions. Approximately 1000 organisations (which pay for, exchange or are supported for subscription) receive paper editions by mail, and the remaining issues are distributed at events and conferences in which INFORSE and its members participate. Approximately 1300 additional organisations receive email notification of the newsletter's availability in pdf format through this website.

We welcome proposals for articles or other content such as sh
ort news pieces, events updates, success stories and technical articles. All proposals should be sent to the Editorial Office. We welcome illustrations, photos and charts and also request a short biography and photo of the author.

Themes Tackled by Sustainable Energy News: Periodically, we publish editions of Sustainable Energy News with thematic focuses. Recent themes have included women, poverty, schools, local energy supply, financing and desertification. Recent theme articles are GENDER, SCHOOL, CLIMATE. Underneath you can read some of the older ASIA related articles. Newer articles are available under the themes as well as under the published newsletters.

How to Subscribe / Support: You are welcome to support the newsletter financially as well as with articles. We are looking for financial support for publishing and postage to NGOs world wide. We do have arrangement on Exchange of Subscription. Payments are possible through PayPal with VISA/Master card. (the possibility started in 2009). Please go to INFORSE's Support Page you can pay 25 EUR or 50 EUR.

Sustainable Energy News is free of charge for INFORSE members, and on events, where INFORSE participates.
In 1992-2002, we sent the newsletter free of charge to non-profit and non-governmental organisations, especially in developing countries and Central and Eastern Europe, that requested it but could not pay the subscription fee.

2002-2010, INFORSE-Europe has received support from EU DG Environmental Civil Society Support for environmental NGO networks and the Swedish Acid Rain Secretariat, which has made it possible to reach out to more NGO readers in the EU and in Eastern Europe.
Since 2011, the newsletter were only published 1-2 times a year. The publishing and postage costs were supported by the Danish organisation "SustainableEnergy"' s Climate Fund and the Swedish AirClim Secretariat. We are looking for financial support to publish it again 4 times a year.

Editorial Address: Sustainable Energy News, INFORSE-Europe. Klosterport 4E, 1.floor, th, DK-8000, Aarhus C, Denmark. Ph: +45 86 22 70 00, E-mail:
Editors: Gunnar Boye Olesen, Judit Szoleczky, Niki Fowler (text advice).
Editorial Advisory Board: INFORSE Regional Coordinators and the INFORSE-Europe Board. INFORSE member organisations send regular inputs to each issue.

The following issues and articles contain stories related to renewable energy in Asia:

Issue #79 (November 2016)
Theme: Eco-Village Development as Climate Solutions in South Asia: Nepal, India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka
Download the 3-page theme article:
PDF file (EVD 3-page article)

Issue #78 (May 2016)
Theme: Eco-Village Development as Climate Solutions in South Asia: Nepal, India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka
Download the 5-page theme article:
PDF file (EVD 5-page article)

Issue #77 (December 2015)

Theme: the Eco-Village Development.
Download the 3-page theme article:
PDF file (EVD 3-page article 0,6 MB)

Theme: Promoting Poverty-Reducing Low-Carbon Development Strategies in Africa, South Asia, and Latin America.
Download the 3-page theme article:
PDF file (3-page pdf, 0.5 MB)

- 2009-2014
(There are several articles see them at the concrete issues)

Issue #61 (July 2008)
Asia: p. 8
- IDEA from Sri Lanka is inviting international volunteers.
- Road 2020 Haribon Rainforestation Campaign in the Philippines
- Ashden Award to Grameen Shakti and TIDE
- Solar Energy Leads in Indian Climate Action Plan
Publications: p. 11

Issue #60 (April 2008)
Articles from Asia under the Gender Theme:
• Bangladesh: 1000 Women Trained to Solar and Cookstoves
• Asia: CRT-Nepal Became Asia Coordinator for ENERGIA
• India: Follow-up of INFORSE Activities:
Manuals, Jatropha, Open Uni, Soft Loans, Financing
• India: Micro-hydro Units in the Himalayas

Issue #59 (December 2007)

A Great "No-smoke" - Kitchen in Sri Lanka (p. 9)
By Zaren Myles, Women's Action For Development (WAFD), INFORSE member, India

Seminars & Manual to Sustainable Energy for Poverty Reduction (p. 8)
By Raymond Myles, INFORSE South Asia Coordinator INSEDA, India.
Training Manuals for Sustainable Energy Solutions to Reduce Poverty. Available in English, Bangladeshi, Hindi, Nepalese and Singhalese. The Manual is a result of a 3-year cooperation project among INFORSE organisations. Read more on the manual at: INFORSE-Asia project.

Issue #57 (August 2007)
Increasing South Asian INFORSE activities (p. 8.)
Can Sustainable Bioenergies Bring New Opportunities to Chinese Farmers? (p. 10-11)

Issue #56 (April 2007)
CSD 15: Challenge for Sustainable Energy, (p. 3)
Side Events at IPM & CSD, February and April, 2007
Among the INFORSE organisations who made presentations: CRT, Nepal which is also ENERGIA Asia Coordinator; Grameen Shakti, which provides micro-credit to women in Bangladesh to install solar energy.
Read about this side event and about other INFORSE members' side events like ENERGIA at UN CSD 15 and IPM to CSD15.
Seminars & Manual to Sustainable Energy for Poverty Reduction, p.8
by Raymond myles, INFORSE-South Asia, INSEDA, India.

Issue #54 (September 2006)
- Sustainable Energy for Poverty Reduction: How-to (p. 9)

Issue #53 (June 2006)
- Central Asia-European Forum, Kyrgyzstan p. 7
- Low-Cost Solar Heaters, Kyrgyzstan p. 7
- Better Sustainable Energy Solutions to Reduce Poverty p. 9
- Inforse-South Asia Regional Meeting p. 9
- Biogas Center in Kazakhstan p. 9

Issue #52 (March 2006)
- News from Asia: p. 10
- Bangladesh: 30 New PV Centers Contributing to Women's Empowerment.

Issue #51 (December 2005)
- 1st Central Asian RE Conference p. 8

Issue #50 (September 2005)
- Commercialised Stove Production in Sri Lanka. A success story of 300,000 Stoves a Year p.10
- Energy to Reduce Poverty-INFORSE-South Asia Project 2005-06 p.10

Issue #49 (June 2005)
-South Asian NGO Project for Poverty-Reducing Sustainable Energy Solutions: p. 10

Issue #48 (March 2005)
- INFORSE South Asia news: p. 8
- INFORSE South Asia Cooperation project 2005-06
- AIWC Receives SESI Awards 2004
- Solar Dryer Project in Nepal and India 2005
- Grameen Shakti's Continued Success in Solar System
- Rebuild Afghanistan Now! With Passive Solar Architecture: p.9

Issue #45 (May 2005)
- New Continuation of the Action Program for Improved Cook Stoves in Nepal: p.12
- Solar Dryers to Generate Income for Poor Women in India: p12
- New Demonstration & Documentation Centre for Sustainable Energy Solutions in Malysia: p.13

Issue #44 (March 2004)
- 4,000 New Water Mills's Installation Start with Full Swing in Nepal : p. 10

Issue #42 (October 2003)
- Energy Partnership Coming up in India : p.8
- Who Lacks Electricity ? p.8

- REST: Indian National Support for Energy for the Poor p.8

Issue #41 (June 2003)
- The Urban Poor-How do they Access Electricity? p.8-9

Issue #38 (October 2002)
- 10,000 Solar Home System in Bangladesh p.10
- Gender, Energy, & Water Network Established in Nepal p.11
- SPENA, Network for Sustainable & Peaceful Energy Policies in Asia p.11

Issue #37 (August 2002)
- A solar Designer in Nepal How necessity made me a disigner of sustainable devices p.12