In the wake of climate change and other catastrophes directly linked to energy, energy conservation and sustainable use have remained paramount. It is on this footing that one county in Kenya has unveiled a multimillion shilling biomass factory that is targeting to produce 3.7 million super fuel efficient wood and charcoal cook stoves. This project is aimed at ensuring sustainable use of wood fuel to protect our forests.

An energy saving jiko

An energy saving jiko

This project is collaboration between the Kenyan government, the Global Alliance General Electric Africa and the United States government. During its launch, Kiambu County Governor William Kabogo said the facility, estimated at Ksh 500 million; it will create more than 300 jobs to the youth. This presents a great opportunity for the youth in the country and beyond given the EAC Corporation.

While reiterating the importance of the project, the Kiambu governor Mr. Kabogo said that the use of firewood has contributed greatly to deforestation in the county and therefore the project is long overdue. The project will lead to forest conservation and therefore the environment. Actually, forests and nature is the beauty of a country and in my opinion, this is one of the best initiatives.

women carrying firewood

women carrying firewood

Also present during the launch, was the US Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec. In his address,

the ambassador said that the new jikos will save women from the hustle of looking for firewood. A fact I concur with given my experiences from the countryside. The task of looking for firewood has been always the task of women who have had to walk for long distances in search of firewood while their men counterparts engage in idle talks in the village.

Thanks to this initiative.

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