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RENEWABLE ENERGY

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KSEI promotes adoption of renewable energy technologies to improve livelihoods of the forest community while conserving the forest.

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IMPROVED COOKING STOVES

 Energy is a vital resource that is required for many operations in life. The environment as the natural resource base is the source of all energy, as such it needs to be conserved and protected by all members of society. Due to the fact that non - renewable energy sources may get depleted over time, it is important that more efforts are geared towards adopting energy saving technologies.

Wood fuel energy is an example of energy from biomass. It is the most important source making up 68% of the total energy demand in Kenya. About 80% of the population depends on wood fuel for their household energy needs. 93% of rural energy requirements come from wood fuel, while in the urban areas it is 80%. In rural areas wood is commonly used in form of firewood.

Wood for fuel.

Upper Tana Catchment community highly depends on wood for fuel thus putting a lot of pressure on the Aberdare forest   ecosystem.

We empower households to adopt improved cooking stoves for improved livelihhods and efficiency.

SOLAR LAMPS

The Negative Impacts of using Kerosene in Kenya

 

In Kenya, about 30 Million people mainly use kerosene for their lighting needs. Either used in hurricane lamps, tin cans or just bottles with a wick in it.

But kerosene represents a well documented and major risk for health, safety, the environment . Many domestic fires have ben caused by kerosene lamps.

 

          

 

 

Tin lamps                                                         Hurricane lamp               

              

Health risks

All kind of kerosene lamps emit unhealthy kerosene smoke. 60% of children deaths in developing countries result from respiratory illnesses which are in part attributed to the indoor air pollution.

Worldwide indoor air pollution is responsible for the death of 1.6 million people every year - that's one death every 20 seconds (Source: WHO).

By burning it, about 135, 2 kg CO2 /kerosene lamp/year gets emitted in the atmosphere, which contributes to climate change.

Also, kerosene is a source of nitrogen oxide and sulfur oxides contributing to acid rain and ozone depletion.

Kerosene is a great contributer to Green House Gases (GHG

 

      

 

 

 

BIOGAS

Benefits of Biogas to the community

 

Fighting climate change

The recovery and utilization of biogas from digested slurry in a biogas digester reduced CH4 emission from the slurry that would otherwise have been stored in a deep pit.

 

Reduction in pollution         

Kitchen smoke is the main factor in indoor air pollution. By using the new biogas fueled stoves, indoor air pollution is dramatically reduced. There is improved household waste and manure management practices help to decrease ground and surface water contamination, the proliferation of zoonotic diseases and noxious odors caused by animal manure.

Lower incidence of disease  

Installing   biogas fueled stoves will lower the incidence of common diseases such as eye infections, respiratory disease, smoking-induced coughs, diarrhea, dysentery, and parasites among both adults and children.

Improved agricultural yields   and food security         

Applying bio-slurry, the by product of biogas production will improve soil fertility and increase agricultural output hence food security

 Another benefit is encouraging climate smart agriculture through reduced use of chemical fertilizers, saving money and the environment.

Employment creation           

Construction of the biogas plants generates both part-time and full-time work. Masons, laborers, and other employees are permanently employed.

Timesaving and security  for women         

Biogas plants reduced women's need to collect fuelwood and thus their workload. KSEI estimates that women save three hours daily per household using biogas for cooking versus cooking with collected fuelwood. They use the saved time in various activities like income-generating efforts, attending literacy class, recreation, social work, and so on.

Reduction in firewood consumption          

The biogas fuel for cooking has resulted in reduced pressure on natural forests for fuelwood..

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