Uganda-GTZ Promotion of EERE
GTZ is working with Uganda on access of rural households, institutions and small and medium size enterprises (SME) to modern biomass energy technologies and EE technologies. "The main objective of the PREEEP programme is to promote access to modern and sustainable energy services for the Ugandan population and economy as a means of achieving social and economic development, especially for the poor. Therefore, the project supports the Energy Department of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development (MEMD) and other stakeholders to upgrade their professional performance in order to provide better services. It also supports the end users (households, small and medium-sized enterprises and institutions) to acquire modern services."
"PREEEP is being implemented on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) with co-financing from the Dutch Government and ACP–EU Energy Facility. It works closely with all relevant Ugandan stakeholders, including the Government, NGOs, the private sector, the media, and training and research institutions, on developing sustainable energy policies, improving energy efficiency and widening access to modern energy in rural areas.
The project supports the MEMD in implementing the decentralised energy policy and strategy, including the sub-sector strategies for biomass and other renewable energy forms, rural electrification and energy efficiency. It supports the dissemination of improved stoves and renewable energy technologies such as micro-hydro-power and solar photovoltaic systems. Awareness campaigns, energy audits and the promotion of energy efficient technologies by the PREEEP contribute to energy conservation. Sustainability is ensured by developing the capacities of different stakeholders in the Ugandan energy sector, especially NGOs and private firms."
Results achieved so far
"To the benefit of the whole sector, coordination between the stakeholders and the distribution of information by the MEMD has now improved. Some issues of energy are now raised in wider contexts, such as the health concerns of indoor air pollution, as highlighted through the promotion of efficient stoves; others have been integrated in larger national policies, such as the mention that biomass energy receives in the Poverty Eradication Action Plan (PEAP). This has a positive impact, especially on the livelihoods of women.
Many improvements can already be seen as a result of the Energy Advisory Project, now PREEEP. Private companies, institutions and households can reduce their overheads by using the energy-saving measures now available, such as compact fluorescent light bulbs. Access to these is steadily increasing, and for businesses it can mean a rise in profitability and productivity. In rural areas, renewable sources of energy, independent of the national supply, are helping small businesses to develop with the subsequent creation of jobs. So far, more than 500,000 improved stoves in households around the country have dramatically reduced the demand for firewood and improved the health of users."
Further information can be accessed at the project website.