UNIDO Collaborates with TIB Development Bank and the Private Sector to Bring Clean Cooking Solutions to Half a Million Households in Dar es Salaam
The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) facilitated an agreement between the TIB Development Bank and the company Consumer’s Choice to roll-out 110,000 bioethanol cook stoves in Dar es Salaam.
Within the framework of the ‘promotion of bioethanol as a clean alternate fuel for cooking in Tanzania’ project, which is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and implemented by UNIDO and in collaboration with the Vice President’s Office and the Ministry of Energy, a total of half a million households in Dar es Salaam will be provided with clean cooking solutions over the next five (5) years. This will enable households to shift from charcoal, wood fuel and other traditional biomass fuels to bioethanol for cooking.
“The project will create an industry based on assembling and eventually manufacturing clean cook stoves in Tanzania, and it will help remove serious health hazards associated with indoor air pollution that specially affect women and children”, said UNIDO Representative Stephen Kargbo. “The project will also facilitate the creation of decent jobs through micro, small and medium enterprises”.
Director of Managed Funds at TIB Development Bank Lilian Mbassy highlighted that the bank’s core mandate is to support the Government’s efforts, particularly in the field of financial management: “TIB is very happy to be part of this innovative project, which is in line with the Government’s objectives of supporting industrialization and women empowerment. I appreciate UNIDO’s decision to choose TIB to manage the project subsidy funds”.
“Consumer’s Choice Ltd is committed to supplying ethanol cook stoves and fuel to 110,000 households in selected areas of Dar es Salaam for which we will closely work with national and regional ethanol producers”, said CCL Managing Director Frida Mlingi. “In addition, a team of sixty women and men will work with local women’s groups and NGOs to support roll-out activities”.
The project will also work with the Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) and the Tanzania Private sector foundation (TPSF), and is expected to attract additional development partners to accelerate the roll-out of an additional 390,000 cook stoves in Dar es Salaam and possibly in other cities in Tanzania (mainland and Zanzibar). The project supports Government’s strategy to reduce deforestation and land degradation in Tanzania while reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Reducing post-harvest losses through the production and distribution of the bio-ethanol from agricultural waste including sugar cane molasses, sisal waste and cashew apple is also a major goal of this project. Ultimately, the results of the project will trigger a global programme to replicate the model in 20 high impact countries where 80% out of 3 billion people live, who do not have access to clean fuels for cooking.