In the Sahelian region, solid biomass, which provides approximately 80% of all primary energy, is a strategic energy in terms of supply (type of fuel, resource management) and demand (use of high-performance energy equipment).
A dynamic sector for the production of improved stoves exists in Mali, and experienced entrepreneurs have gone into the production of fuel briquettes as an alternative to charcoal. However, this sector has to cope with weak financial mechanisms that support the distribution of efficient energy equipment and limited access to existing efficient technologies. Last but not least, carbon finance, which represents an innovative and sustainable financing opportunity, is not readily accessible to project managers.
The project proposes supporting the scaling-up of the improved stove and sustainable fuel sectors by means of consultancy and support services, technology transfer, measures to help entrepreneurs gain access to carbon finance and the consolidation of these services through the implementation of a long-term support centre for the benefit of entrepreneurs. Once this sector has gained a strong foothold, action will also be focused on removing the barriers to access carbon finance.