Currently ~85% of all energy consumed in Rwanda comes from biomass. Domestic energy consumption is particularly dependent, with over 90% of households using wood for domestic cooking. This dependence has resulted in a range of negative health impacts for consumer and has caused environmental deforestation and degradation.
For example, Rwanda has seen sustained deforestation as a result of increasing demand for firewood and without a transition its forests and the economic and ecosystem services they provide will continue to be undermined
Rwanda is now advocating a range of measures to transition away from traditional biomass and support investment in alternative technologies and more sustainable biomass value chains. The Fund will support this transition and prioritize investments according to their ability to increase access to clean fuel, improve consumer safety and support decarbonization.