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Switching to renewable fuel in Burundi schools' kitchen

Project Name : BQS - School

Key Facts

UNFCCC ID 9791

Description

Project owner : BQS

Burundi Quality Stoves' project consists in reducing deforestation, support vulnerable schools and supply affordable, reliable and modern Energy in Burundi, a landlocked country classified as a Least Developped Country.

Burundi losses an average of 5,850 ha of forest (or 2.02%) per year. In total, between 1990 and 2010, Burundi lost 40.5% of its forest cover. In parallel, the annual available amount of renewable biomass, which is not used, is more than 1.3 M. tonnes per year. Currently, the common practice for cooking in most schools consists essentially of using traditional open fire system (3-stone), traditional stoves and old masonery stoves. These stoves are notoriously wasteful with an efficiency level of 10-15%. It is difficult for parents to provide the 2kg of fuelwood per day and per schoolchild needed for the canteen. The project consists in locally-manufacturing institutional improved cookstoves and/or refurbishing former masonry stoves in 284 schools of Burundi and switching from non-renewably logged trees to a sustainable energy supply: briquettes made of renewable biomass. Thanks to the project, children livng in deforested area are no longer afraid to go to school because they do not have cooking wood. The attendance rate rose from 75-85% to 98%.

BQS is a local NGO with a solid track record, active in climat projects for more than 15 years and already operating 5 successfull carbon programs, employing 350 staff and generates $2M of turnover per year.
BQS production facility is located in Bujumbura. The site stretchs across 6 hectares and features 6 lines of production for biomass briquettes (3) and stoves (3). A fleet of 14 vehicles is dedicated to supply & deliveries. They produce 27,000 T/year of biomass briquettes and 180,000 stoves/year.

Impact

Between 1990 and 2010, Burundi lost 40% of its forest due to deforestation.

The project avoids 100 ha of deforestation per year.

Traditional stoves produce harmful smokes.

The project reduces indoor air pollution and related risk to respiratory diseases.

It is difficult for parents to provide the 2kg of fuelwood per day and per schoolchild needed for the canteen.

Thanks to the biomass briquettes, the parents doesn't need to provide any fuelwood.

Children living in deforested area are no longer afraid to go to school because they do not have cooking wood.

The attendance rate rose from 75-85% to 98%.

CSR Action

BQS is a labor intensive NGO providing jobs to 350 people. Each employee follows a four weeks annual trainee program.

BQS started a tree nursery to seed trees for replanting. To date, 300 hectares have been replanted.

BQS invests in the «energy efficiency restaurants program » for wich efficient stoves are installed in restaurants thus reducing budget for energy spending.

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