World Wide Fund (WWF) Country Director, David Duli has called upon all stakeholders in the energy sector to prioritize the development and implementation of policies and legislation that are aimed at building a sustainable biomass value chain aimed at promoting the use of Renewable Energy (RE).
Duli noted that Uganda has renewable energy potentials totaling to over 6,500MW (Hydro-4,100mw, Biomass-1,650, solar power-200mw and Geo-thermo-450mw).
“However, only 20mw equivalent to 20.4% is exploited, resulting in low access to electricity,” he noted.
“Establish clear and consistent policies and legislations for sustainable development of extractives, Renewable Energy and environmental stewardship. Relatedly, government should establish and ensure functionality of coordination mechanisms across ministries, departments, agencies and stakeholders for effective implementation,” he said.
To make this call, Duli had today Monday joined the officials from Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development (MEMD) at the Uganda Media Centre, during the official launch of the energy week which shall commence tomorrow December 1st to 4th, 2020.
“In 2015, WWF produced the energy report for Uganda-100% RE future by 2050. This report showed that it is possible for Uganda to meet 100% of its energy needs from Renewable Energy resources,” he stated.
He noted that the government and private sector should increase financing and investments in off-grid electricity infrastructure that can supply remote off-grid areas, as well as grid-proximate consumers who currently can’t afford costs, with affordable electricity.
According to Duli, WWF has, with support from different development partners like; Norad, Soda, Danida, BMZ and European Union, facilitated the access of 42,600 energy saving stoves and 11,200 solar systems to homes, schools and health centres which he said have resulted into avoidance of about 1.25 million tones of GHG emissions annually.
“This has led to at least 50% reduction in biomass use in 42,600 homes and access to electricity for lighting, phone charging, entertainment and productive use in 11,200 homes,” he said.
Commenting on Duli’ presentation, Engineer Simon D’ujanga, the State Minister for Energy said that the government has embarked on developing and promoting the sector.
“Government recognizes that biomass in form of firewood, charcoal and crop residues has continued to be the main source of cooking energy in Uganda whereby the cooking energy share stands at 97% biomass fuels,” he said.
“In view of mitigating accelerated deforestation, the use of alternative, clean and modern cooking solutions such as electric pressure cooking and Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) is being promoted at household level,” D’ujanga said.