Biomass Energy Strategy (BEST) Rwanda

Biomass Energy Strategy (BEST) Rwanda

Status
Completed
Region:
East Africa
Country:
Rwanda
Partner:
Ministry of Infrastructure
Date:
February 2008 - August 2009

Summary

Following a request from the Ministry of Infrastructure of Rwanda, the EUEI Partnership Dialogue Facility (PDF) supported the development of a national Biomass Energy Strategy (BEST) with a particular focus on improvements to the charcoal supply chain. The goal of the strategy is to ensure a more sustainable supply of biomass energy (e.g. firewood and charcoal) and to promote access to modern fuels as well as to efficient biomass combustion technologies for households and small enterprises. Following the charcoal study a rural firewood study and survey were conducted.  Following prioritisation of the recommendations by the government, a final strategy has been adopted and is being implemented.  One significant finding is that farmers can and do grow trees profitably for commercialising fuelwood and charcoal (amongst other wood products), since wild tree growth is very scarce.

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