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Burundi: Feasibility study – biowaste briquettes for households

General information
Project location: Burundi
Consortium: Bioenergie Burundi
Project Budget: 208,150
External financing: 145,200 from EEP (Energy and Environment Partnership) / Southern and East Africa
Project period: 2015-2016

With this project Bioenergy aims to introduce briquette on the Burundian consumer market. The new bio-waste based briquette, to be tested and fine-tuned during this project, will present a financially and technically competitive alternative for cooking and heating to Burundian (peri-) urban and rural households.

The project is proposed against a background of weak energy connectivity, serious environmental challenges and low purchasing power of the Burundian population. With 2% of households connected to the electricity grid, Burundi’s population is largely dependent on off-grid solutions for meeting their energy needs. For cooking and heating, more than 95% of rural households use firewood while in urban areas 70% of the need is met by charcoal and more than 25% by firewood. This has multiple negative implications; indoor air pollution, high cost (for charcoal), deforestation and CO2 emissions being the most important ones. To counteract these environmental challenges, the Burundian Government encourages private investment in environmentally friendly solutions and has announced a ban on charcoal that is produced from forest wood resources.

Bioenergy will conduct a feasibility study, to verify its assumptions and prepare a bankable business plan with the view of acquiring funding for the investment in a bio-waste based briquette production line for household cooking stoves. The envisaged project activities are

  • Feedstock assessment and sourcing plan
  • Equipment and product testing
  • Development of co-operation with small entrepreneurs
  • Conducting a market study and preparation of a marketing / promotional plan
  • Execution of an environmental impact assessment
  • Preparation of a bankable business plan

Thanks to the utilisation of biological waste only, the project will cut down CO2 emission by 66,000 tons annually, whilst contributing to the preservation of forest natural resources. Due to the reduction of smoke and fumes while cooking, the project will also contribute to improved health, particularly for women and children.

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