Sustainable energy firm Gaia has signed an agreement with waste-to-energy company 4R Energy to accelerate biomethane production and use to increase the security of energy supply in Ethiopia. The two companies will work together with environmental company Lem-Ethiopia and Addis Ababa Water and Sewerage Authority to develop a green business concept.
The concepts will leverage a modern biomethane production system and will be applied at the Kaliti and Akaki Wastewater treatment plants. The biomethane produced from the sewerage treatment plants will be used to power industries and households, replacing liquid petroleum gas, kerosene, and even charcoal and woody biomass.
Ethiopia and Sri Lanka are partnering with China on a trilateral South-South cooperation that will focus on enhancing access to renewable energy technologies within the global commitment to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The project seeks to promote sustainable energy solutions by focusing on demonstrating the applicability of biogas and solar photovoltaic technologies for communities in Ethiopia and Sri Lanka.
Financing for the three-year project comes from the Ministry of Commerce of China with the provision of two million USD, which will be equally shared between Ethiopia and Sri Lanka. UNDP and the Government of Ethiopia are also expected to contribute resources for the implementation of the project.
Ethiopia’s energy sector is highly dependent on biomass (firewood, charcoal, crop residues and animal dung). It is estimated that biomass energy accounted for 89% of the total national energy consumption in 2010. Governance and efficient use of the country’s biomass energy resources has been hampered by factors such as poor institutional framework, inadequate planning and lack of co-ordination.
EUEI PDF supported the Ethiopian Ministry of Energy, Irrigation and Water to properly manage the country’s biomass energy resources on national and regional level. The specific objectives were to: