By Moses Ndhaye
The Netherlands and German governments have earmarked about Shs11.7b to make the local communities in Uganda access the use of clean energy in a move to protect the environment.
The three-year project, running until 2025 targets the installation of at least 8,000 small
scale bio digesters across the country, providing energy access for at least 40,000 individuals.
The commission in charge of renewable energy at the Ministry of Energy and mineral development Dr. Brain Isabirye says, the project is aimed at making the people adopt the use of bio-Gas instead of depending on the use of firewood and charcoal which promotes environmental degradation.
He says currently, 82% of the households in Uganda depend on using firewood and charcoal to cook which is not only harmful in terms of degrading the environment but also the fumes which come out of the firewood during the cooking affect the health of people.
Dr.Isabirye made the remarks at the signing of a memorandum in Entebbe between the governments of the two governments of Nerherthland and Germany.
The project will be implemented as a joint effort by a consortium of SNV, the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) and Biogas Solution Uganda Limited (BSUL) in co-development support of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO).