NETFUND CEO Samson Toniok joined dignitaries from Government and Private Sector including; Education CS Prof. George Magoha, Environment and Forestry PS, Dr. Chris Kiptoo and Equity Group MD and CEO Dr. James Mwangi on Monday 8, 2021 in the launch of an Initiative Dubbed the ‘Clean Cooking Project’ at Alliance High School. The initiative aims at supporting learning institutions to install modern technologies for cooking that are environmentally safe such as steam-based cooking, biofuels, sustainable biomass and Liquid Petroleum Gas.
According to Dr. Mwangi, lack of appropriate financing and innovative technologies has been the biggest barrier to clean energy transition and the only possible way to close this gap is to invest in multi-sector partnerships to facilitate access and installation of more environmentally friendly cooking and lighting facilities.
According to the research findings established by NETFUND on mainstreaming renewable energy technologies in Kenya, access to clean, affordable, reliable and sustainable modern energy for all has been recognized as one of the greatest challenges facing households especially in developing countries with an estimated 620 million people with no access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa. It is also estimated that 730 million people rely on traditional solid biomass for cooking. In Kenya, the trend is no different as 90% of rural and 80% of urban households depend on biomass as their main source of energy for cooking and water heating.
According to the research findings established by NETFUND on mainstreaming renewable energy technologies in Kenya, the dependence on biomass in Kenya is high (90% of rural and 80% of urban households). A significant number of households are using inefficient energy technologies and this creates a high demand for biomass resources yet the supply is limited. Moreover, the use of inefficient biomass technologies is associated with indoor air pollution, and is responsible for an estimated 14,300 deaths (WHO, 2009) in Kenya Annually. There is need to support interventions that will increase adoption of efficient biomass energy technologies at household level.
Similarly the findings established that Kerosene remains a major source of lighting energy in many households across the country (84% of rural and 46% of urban households). This is despite the adverse health impacts and greenhouse gas emissions associated with its use. NETFUND envisions a future where all Kenyans can take personal and community responsibility for the management of the Environment. Transitioning to cleaner fuels, institutions can realize up to 40 per cent savings in their cooking and lighting budget with better health and environmental outcomes, improved kitchen hygiene and motivation of workers