Switching from Non-Renewable to Renewable Fuel in Burundi street restaurants
BQS' project consists in reducing deforestation, support the restaurants in different cities and supply affordable, reliable and modern Energy in Burundi, a landlocked country classified as a Least Developped Country.
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 restaurants consists essentially of using traditional open fire system (3-stone), and traditional stoves. These stoves are notoriously wasteful with an efficiency level of 10-15%, and they produces harmful smokes.
Restaurant's owner are mostly women, they are obliged to spend USD 100 per month for wood fuel procurement.
That's why BQS decided to take action and help Burundi's restaurants to get an affordable, reliable and modern energy.
The project consists in locally-manufacturing institutional improved cookstoves for restaurants and switching from non-renewably logged trees to a sustainable energy supply: briquettes made of renewable biomass.
It reduces wood fuel consumption and thus associated expenses by 80%.
So far, 1,500 restaurants were equipped with these new stoves and 46,000 tonnes of biomass briquettes were distributed which is equivalent of the 80,000 tonnes of CO2 avoided per year.
The restaurants' owner are very grateful for this switch to this new fuel, the supply is simpler than before and the price stays the same (in contrary of the price of the charcoal that keeps rising because of the speculation).
To give you an example, the price they were paying for two days of fuel consumption with the old stoves is now a week of briquettes use.
Thanks to these savings, restaurant's owner are no longer obligated to take out a loan whose interest rates are high, the project therefore directly contributes to their financial autonomy.
The women interviewed have also underlined an improvement of their work conditions thanks to the reducing of harmful smokes.