Iternational Conference: Sustainable Bioenergy Projects in Africa -

Barriers and Opportunities for Financing



Date and Time: 29 September to 1 October 2009

Dakar Senegal


The conference aims to identify ways to overcome potential barriers and risks to financing of bioenergy projects in Africa, as well as highlight avenues for financing including bilateral and multilateral financing, carbon finance, trade, and policy avenues. Emphasis will be placed on projects and initiatives that ensure social, economic and environmental sustainability and contributing to sustainable rural development.
The conference will bring together speakers and representatives from the investor, financing and donor community, project developers, entrepreneurs, NGOs, international organisations as well as national and international energy experts to share experiences and examples of initiatives and projects that illustrate best practices.






08:00–09:00 Conference Registration
  Opening Session
09:00–09:20 Welcome Address by the representative of the Government of Senegal
Prof Sana Faty, Director of Biofuels and Biomass, Ministry of Energy, Senegal
09:20–09:30 Welcome Address by Union Economique et Monétaire Ouest Africaine
Mamadou Dianka, UEMOA, Burkina Faso
09:30–09:40 Welcome Address by the Host Organisation
Dr. Jean-Philippe Thomas, ENDA-TM, Senegal
09:40–09:50 Welcome address by United Nations Environment Programme
Martina Otto, UNEP, France
09:50–10:00 Welcome Address by the COMPETE Project Co-ordinator
Dr. Rainer Janssen, WIP Renewable Energies, Germany
  Session 1: Setting the stage: Barriers, Risks and the Potential for Solutions
10:30–11:00 Financing Bioenergy in an African context
Thierno Bocar Tall, African Biofuels Renewable Energy Fund (ABREF), Togo
11:00–11:30 Barriers, Risks and Potential Solutions for Financing Bioenergy projects
Paul van Aalst, E+Co Europe, Netherlands
11:30–12:00 Barriers to project financing in Africa: potential solutions to be implemented
Sabera Kahn, Lloyds Financial Ltd., Zambia
12:00–12:30 Bioenergy and the GEF and in the context of the Green Economy Initiative
Dr. Moustapha Kamal Gueye and Martina Otto, UNEP
  Session 2: Bioenergy and Carbon Finance
16:30 – 16:50 Carbon Financing of Bioenergy projects in Africa
Sebastian von Wolff, OneCarbon International, South Africa
16:50 – 17:10 Clean Development Mechanism: Challenges and opportunities for bioenergy projects
Veronica Colerio, UNFCCC Secretariat, Senegal
17:10 – 17:30 The US Voluntary Carbon Market and Sustainable Biofuels Standards : how these are evolving and relate to financing bio-energy projects
David Walden, Winrock International, United States of America
17:30 – 17:50 Bioenergy projects and CDM: opportunities
El Hadji Mbaye Diagne, COMNAC (National Committee for Climate Change), Senegal
  Session 3: Successful Bioenergy Projects and Initiatives in Africa
09:00 – 09:20 Financing Sustainable Bioenergy Projects in Africa, Jatropha Outgrower Scheme in Zambia
Kamal Desai, Marli Invest, Zambia
09:20 – 09:40 Garalo Bagani Yelen Jatropha-Fuelled Rural Electrification Project in Mali
Dr. Ibrahim Togola, Mali-Folkecenter, Mali
09:40 – 10:00 Gold Standard stove project
Erik Wurster, E+Co Carbon finance Manager, United States of America
10:00 – 10:20 Sustainable and Participatory Energy Management Project (PROGEDE)
Alassane Ngom, Coordinator PROGEDE, Senegal