The Energy Crisis

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Households

10 million homes in Kenya use wood-fuels as the primary source of cooking fuel. By either using firewood or charcoal, these households:

  • Expose themselves to respiratory-tract infections because of the harmful smoke from wood-fuels
  • A lot of time is wasted in preparation of wood-fuels, estimated at 45 minutes per meal

For majority of these households already living in poverty, electricity and gas are beyond their means, and they are trapped in a vicious cycle of depending on dirty fuels.

According to the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, women and young children are the worst affected as they are directly involved in cooking.

Industries

Many institutions and industries also continue to rely on wood-fuels. In fact, 68% of Kenya’s energy demand is met through biomass.

As a result:

  • 48,000 hectares of trees are cut down annually leading to mass deforestation
  • Thousands of workers expose themselves to unhealthy working conditions

Most of these institutions find alternatives expensive and unprofitable thus they continue to use wood-fuels oblivious of the inherent  consequences.