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Development of a Cooking Energy Programme

Development of a Cooking Energy Programme

State 

completed

Date 

30 May, 2011 to 15 July, 2011

Country 

Liberia

Region 

West Africa

Summary

The energy sector in Liberia remains in post-conflict situation and mostly focuses on the urgent rehabilitation of the entire electricity infrastructure. Biomass energy is not a priority although practically all of Liberia’s population relies on it for cooking purposes, mostly on charcoal and firewood. The most recent census (2008 data, published in 2009) shows that 70% of the urban population use charcoal for cooking. In Monrovia it is even 85% of the population; the uptake of charcoal in rural areas is fairly high with 5% of the rural households using it.

The establishment of the Rural and Renewable Energy Agency (RREA) – with the entire energy sector as its mandate – and an increased interest in biomass energy issues by private, public, and donor organisations justify a more structured support for the sustainable development of this important energy sub-sector. A review was carried out by EUEI PDF in October 2010 showing the prospects of such development. Based on demand on the part of the RREA and in cooperation with the World Bank office in Liberia, EUEI PDF supported the development of a project aimed at the reform of the charcoal sector toward more efficient production, sound resource management, accurate pricing and introduced regulation, and eventually more efficient consumption (improved cook stoves), of charcoal in Liberia. The so-called Sustainable Charcoal Supply Chain project was designed and is currently awaiting approval for funding by RREA and the World Bank.

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Topics

  • Energy Access
  • Renewable Energy

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