The government of Kenya has rolled out an ambitious plan to attain sustainable production and consumption of bioenergy by all users by 2028.
The Bioenergy Strategy (2020-2027) places the East African nation on its path towards 100% access to modern bioenergy services by 2030, and to meet clean cooking targets by 2028.
Bioenergy refers to electricity or gas that is generated from organic matter or material that comes from living organisms, such as plants and animals.
It is estimated that 165 people die daily in Kenya from air pollution-related complications. Most of these belong to poor households that rely on dirty fuels like firewood, charcoal and kerosene for cooking.
According to the Principal Secretary in the State Department of Energy, Dr. Eng. Joseph Njoroge, the strategy will help tap the renewable energy potential in Kenya.
“It will help the government meet its obligations including energy and climate change objectives, unlocking sustainable economic growth, and improve gender equality, human health and well-being,” he said.