The Ministry of Infrastructure is proactively addressing the concern regarding biomass usage, and is developing a biomass energy strategy. To reduce the use of biomass by 50%.
With the Ministry’s support in partnership with the Ministry of Defense, Inyenyeri, a Rwandan fuel-utility company, has developed a “Made in Rwanda” cooking system that reduces the amount of wood needed to cook with by 80-90%. The company is eager to speed up fuel, stove system delivery, targeting at least 150,000 households in Rwanda to be reached by the service by 2020.
With the fuel+ stove system already successfully feasible in Rubavu District in the past three years, Inyenyeri has expanded its system distribution in Kicukiro as KanombeVilllage RDF Veterans were the first to benefit from the new system.
The system uses modern stoves and fuel processed from tree wastes and other wastes to save a number of trees cut down for charcoal and it is more efficient and faster in cooking than using charcoal.
According to Emanuel Kamanzi, the Managing Director of Energy Development Corporation Limited (EDCL), the system which is believed to play a big part in reducing negative health effects from cooking, lead to substantial time savings, and contribute to the local economy by creating and exporting Carbon Credits.
He said, “We need to find any feasible way to protect the environment as we always think of anything that can protect trees from being cut down. The system will hopefully reduce the use of charcoal by 50 per cent, whose components damages the weather, which remains a major concern to weather safety”.
In addition to reducing biomass from cooking, the system reduces negative health effects from cooking, leads to substantial time savings, and contributes to the local economy by creating and exporting Carbon Credits.
At least 59 families have benefited from Inyenyeri Fuel+stoves system, with each of the families getting two stoves for use.
The energy developing company distributes the stoves for free while beneficiaries only need to buy fuel product known as ‘Pareti’, which is made out of tree wastes.
Fred Nkusi, is one of the one of the veterans who benefited from the fuel, stove system, said, given how sustainable and affordable the system appears to be, he is going to happily abandon the use of charcoal and start using the system which he is looking forward to being more affordable and sustainable for his family than charcoal.
With the support of the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Infrastructure, Inyenyeri is eager to scale quickly and serve up to 150,000 households in Rwanda by 2020.
John Butare, the Inyenyeri partner, said the system will help the community contribute to protecting environment as the cooking system is dust-free.
He said, “This system is not dangerous to environment nor to human health as its constituents do not produce smoke. They are like cooking gas instead and we would like people to use it because it is more affordable than charcoal”.
Over 5000 families in Rubavu District have been benefiting from the system, with the western area having been considered a pilot study before the system was thought to be expanded to other parts of the country since the feasibility of the project has so far been successful.
Their system developers’ longer term target is to reach over 2 million households across Rwanda with their modern and clean cooking system.
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