Sustainable biomass in Senegal

The programme promotes the use of renewable biomass in efficient cook-stoves in mainly urban and peri-urban areas in Senegal. 30,000 cook-stoves will be distributed in the first phase of the project, which use a gasification technology to burn wood chips. The wood chips from sustainably managed forest plantations replace the predominant use of charcoal and thus contribute to reduced CO2 emissions and reduced deforestation. The promotion of a new fuel source is a challenge, but can lead to truly transformative change in the project area. The project thus contributes to increased fuel security and the users further benefit from lower fuel costs and reduced indoor smoke polution.

The project reaches scale and transformational effects via the marketing of wood chips to a growing customer base, where the 30,000 distributed cook stoves are only a starting point. To reach this level, considerable initial investments are required. These are partly met via carbon finance. The Foundation Future of the Carbon market plays a vital role in the project by providing early investments against future CER revenues.