The project consists in locally-manufacturing improved cookstoves for Burundi’s schools and switching from non-renewable logged trees to a sustainable energy supply: briquettes made of renewable biomass.
Between 1990 and 2010, Burundi (a landlocked country classified as a Least Developped Country) lost 40.5% of its forest cover. In parallel, the annual available amount of renewable biomass, which is not used, is more than 1.3m tonnes / year.
Currently, in most schools kitchens consists essentially of using an open fire system (3-stone), and traditional stoves. These stoves are notoriously wasteful with an efficiency level of 10-15%, and they produce harmful smokes.
It is difficult for parents to provide the 2kg of fuelwood per day and per schoolchild needed for the canteen. 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 has more than 15 years of experience and is operating 5 successful carbon programs, employing 175 staff and generating $2m of turnover (2021). Their production facility is located in Bujumbura. The site stretchs across 6 hectares and features 3 lines of production for the stoves. A fleet of 14 vehicles is dedicated to supply & deliveries.