Market Transformation for Highly Efficient Biomass Stoves for Institutions and Medium-sized Enterprise

What the programme is about


Aim of the programme is to remove market barriers to the adoption of sustainable biomass energy practices and technologies by institutions (schools and hospitals) and small businesses (restaurants and hotels) in rural and urban areas of Kenya by

i) promoting highly efficient improved stoves, and

ii) Establishment of woodlots owned and managed by the institutions and private sector.

Goal: A sustainable reduction of GHG emissions through a transformation of the institutional and small, medium and micro enterprise high-efficiency stove markets.

Target: An accumulated total of between 400,000 and 960,000 tonnes CO2eq by 2020


What we have accomplished

  • Installation of 1,522 stoves in 723 schools, combined enrollment of almost 11,000 students
  • Planting of 550,000 seedlings with survival rates of about 60% (342 hectares)
  • Created Carbon sink of 9,384 tonnes of CO2
  • By 2020, 114,584 tonnes of CO2 will be sequestered if schools don’t harvest trees; If they cut every 5 years, 16,931 tonnes of CO2
  • Credit Fund increased from US$200,000 (Ksh. 14million) to Ksh. 60 million


  • Enhanced/improved data collection (SWEMNET alternative) esp. to show 2020 targets
  • Package data and information for various audiences
  • Enhanced policy advocacy, e.g. on price of steel, support to poor schools, standards,
  • Resource mobilization

Lessons Learnt

  • Public-private partnership can enhance access to energy efficient biomass technologies
  • Value of starting small and growing
  • Balance between data collection and implementation
  • Energy-efficient stoves are important for climate change mitigation and adaption

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