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NCF: GHG Mitigation and Sustainable Development through the Promotion of Energy Efficient Cooking in Social Institutions in Ethiopia[NDF C3 B4]

8.10.2012
The project aims to disseminate and install fuel-efficient stoves in Ethiopia and, to support the development of a sustainable business model for promotion of energy efficient stoves.

Ethiopia
GHG Mitigation and Sustainable Development through the Promotion of Energy Efficient Cooking in Social Institutions in Ethiopia
Ref: NDF C3 B4

Nordic Partner: Gaia Consulting Oy (Finland)
Local Partner: United Nations World Food Program - Ethiopia & Ethio Resource Group
Total Project Cost: EUR 253,300
NCF Financing: EUR 212,000
Agreement Signed: 4 November 2010
Project Type: Climate change mitigation
Duration: 22 months (completed)

Project Objective

The project aimed to disseminate and install fuel-efficient stoves in Ethiopia and, to support the development of a sustainable business model for promotion of energy efficient stoves.

Description

Cooking in social and commercial institutions in Ethiopia is mostly done over open fire using large volumes of wood. The project has improved the institutional cooking efficiency within the social institutions. During the project 256 energy efficient institutional Rocket biomass stoves have be installed in 105 schools, universities and correctional facilities in Ethiopia reaching approximately 50,000 students. The impacts of the Rocket stoves include reduced fuel wood consumption and as a result reduced deforestation. It has also led to GHG mitigation, creation of new businesses for production and installation of the efficient stoves as well as reduced fuel expenditure for social institutions. The project has also have health and social benefits as the exposure of 200-300 women working in the kitchens to indoor air pollutants has been reduced and the use of child labour for fuel collection diminished. The project has developed a carbon finance strategy to finance continued operation of the stoves, their replacement and to expand benefits to more schools and other social institutions.

Relevance for Climate Change

The project has resulted in measurable results in climate change mitigation. The Rocket stoves have cut daily fuel wood consumption up to 56% in schools and up to 90% in universities and prisons. Since fuel wood harvesting and use in the project area is not sustainable, any reduction of fuel wood demand translates into net reduction in CO2 emissions. The project activities have resulted in direct annual CO2 emission reductions of 1,280 tonnes. In addition, reduced deforestation has enhanced natural CO2 sequestration.

Innovation and Knowledge Transfer

The project has been innovative since it was the first project in Ethiopia that promoted biomass energy efficiency in the social sector. Furthermore, there are currently no CO2 mitigation projects in Ethiopia that benefit from carbon finance, through CDM or the voluntary market. During the project a carbon finance study has been prepared to find out possibilities for including carbon financing in similar projects in the future. The study has helped to train Ethiopian experts in the development of small scale CDM projects. In addition, the project has transferred carbon finance know-how to local stakeholders working in the energy sector in Ethiopia as well as stove technology to commercial stove producers to expand the stove market throughout the country.

For more information

Final Report
Gaia Consulting Oy
Ethio Resource Group