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Over the last years, Uganda’s forests have faced severe pressures mainly from agricultural conversion as a result of population increase, urban demand for charcoal and wood fuel, over grazing, uncontrolled timber harvesting and policy failures. About 58.9 % of the firewood used for cooking is obtained from natural forests, 34.6 % is collected from planted forests (NEMA, 2011). Over 90% of the households use wood fuel for cooking, (NEMA, 2018) of these, 18% depend on charcoal for cooking while another 78% depend on firewood. As result, the rate of deforestation is on the rise leading to air pollution, increasing levels of poisonous gases and environmental heat and the resulting effect of Climate change which is being felt now more than ever.
Uganda has a unique potential of alternative renewable energy resources including hydropower, solar, geothermal, wind and biomass. In the last ten years Uganda has focused her energy sector investment on increasing energy access by increasing energy supply. What has been the emphasis for most interventions is access to renewable energy technologies and the connection between renewable energy access, affordability, availability and efficiency has been overlooked. This has retarded the uptake and adoption of clean cooking technologies by households and large institutions who are the biggest consumers of wood fuel.
In view of this, the UNDP Accelerator Lab would like to undertake an ‘Energy audit experiment’ on available energy efficient solutions in Uganda focusing on their performance, availability, affordability and access to fuels. More still, through this energy audit the lab is interested in understanding the rate of biomass consumption and cost- benefit analysis by large institutions which would guide the choice of an appropriate technology to install when the institution is faced with such a decision.
UNDP Uganda is seeking to hire a qualified consulting firm or team of consultants to conduct an Energy Audit Experiment in order to increase adoption and uptake of renewable energy alternatives in large institutions.
18th March 2020 at 5:00 PM East Africa Time
Languages Required: English