Kenya currently faces an annual wood supply deficit of 12 million M3. With demand predicted to grow to approximately 66 million M3 3 by 2030.
In Kenya demand for fuelwood is outstripping supply and making the sourcing of thermal energy increasingly unreliable for both industrial and domestic users, furthermore as supplies of fuelwood dry up, there is a growing dependence on non-commercial and often illegal sources including from natural forests, a trend that is having a devastating impact on the region’s biodiversity, ecosystem services and climate.
Working with Living Earth, Enso pioneered the use of biomass briquettes in meeting the energy needs of the tea sector in Kenya, current project under implementation looks to achieve the following results:
• Briquette facility operating 2 machines producing more than 11,000 tonnes of high qualitybriquettes per year.
• One tonne of briquettes replaces 5 cubic metres of firewood – equivalent to around 10 trees – more than 100,000 trees not burned as firewood in a year.
• Community enterprises incubated by main production facility will produce and sell more than 5 tonnes of briquettes for domestic / local institutional use each month, reducing consumption of firewood and charcoal.
Enso is implementing this project together with our partners Carbon Plus Capital as a demonstration of how finance, technology and innovation can address sustainability challenges within global supply chains and create an opportunity to develop new inclusive business models that work systemically to distribute benefits.