Biomass Energy Strategy for Ethiopia

Biomass Energy Strategy for Ethiopia

Climate, Environment and Biodiversity







Project description


Like in most sub-Saharan countries, a marked feature of Ethiopia’s energy sector is the high dependence on biomass (firewood, charcoal, crop residues and animal dung). The very high degree of dependence on wood and agricultural residues for household energy has impacts on the social, economic and environmental well-being of society.

Growing demand for biomass together with increased demand for agricultural output (land for crop production, livestock feed) has resulted in reduced access to wood fuels. Besides, it has serious implications for the natural resource base.

Because of the scarcity of fuelwood many households burn dung and crop residues. The use of dung precludes its contribution of the soil nutrient pool declining crop yields. The burning of crop residues precludes their use as livestock feed.



The overall objective of the Project is therefore to assist the Ethiopian Government in articulating a clear long-term vision for biomass energy and formulating a biomass energy strategy and action plan.

In consortium with ÖbF

General Information
Topics:Climate, Environment and Biodiversity
Service:Establishment of the boundaries, focus and vision of the strategy based on the assessment of political and policy environment on national level, the stakeholder analysis on national and regional level and the scoping within four regions of Ethiopia.
Analysis of the current status of the biomass energy sub-sector in order to define the exact requirements of the strategy. The analysis is intended to establish the current energy supply and demand situation in the country.