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:
API Renewable Energy plans to launch Ethiopia’s first commercial-scale biodiesel refinery with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in the Adama Industrial Zone in the first week of December 2018. The goals of API are to rehabilitate degraded lands, create large-scale employment, generate wealth in East Africa and improve the region's environment. Stamford, CT, November 29, 2018 --(PR.com)-- API Renewable Energy plans to launch Ethiopia’s first commercial-scale biodiesel refinery with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in the Adama Industrial Zone in the first week of December 2018.
A new bill is in the works to allow the involvement of the private sector in development, production, distribution and the sale of biofuel energy. The law will be the first to be enacted for the biofuel energy industry.The Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas is drafting the proclamation, regulation and directives that will fully open the industry to the private sector, which was once exclusively allocated to public investments only. The Ministry has been drafting the legal framework for the past two years in collaboration with 22 institutions, including ministries, public enterprises and representatives from the private sector.
The biofuel industry has been regulated by the investment and trade laws of the country until now. The new law, which is in its final stages of review, will replace the current laws, according to Michael Gessese, director of biofuel at the Ministry.