Bhutan sustainable rural biomass enery project

About the project

cookstove
Testing of the energy efficient stoves. Photo Sonam Tsoki Tenzin © UNDP Bhutan

Bhutan has one of the highest per capita consumption of fuel wood in the world at almost 1.3 tonnes per person.The SRBE Project was initiated to reduce the annual biomass/ fuel wood consumption and GHG emissions in Bhutan. Close to 70% of Bhutanese who live in rural areas use fuel wood as a main source of energy. The SRBE Project proposes to reduce the annual natural energy consumption and GHG emissions through the promotion and dissemination of efficient cook stoves (including the delivery of 20,000 energy efficient stoves) in the rural areas of Bhutan, and the implementation of demonstration biomass energy technologies in relevant industries.

Expected results:

  • Implementation of strengthened support policies and regulatory frameworks, and institutional capacity for production, conversion, and use of biomass resources in Bhutan.
  • Implementation of BET applications due to improved confidence in their feasibility, environmental and economic benefits through demonstration projects, market mechanisms, and increased private
    sector participation.
  • Improved knowledge, awareness, and capacities of the stakeholders on the benefits and market opportunities for modern biomass energy technologies.

Funding:



2012-2013
Donor
Amount USD
UNDP
 
Global Environment Facility (GEF)
 
Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC)
 
Asian Development Bank (ADB)
 
Bhutan Trust Fund for Environmental Conservation
 
Poverty Environment Initiatives  
  $4,229,700
Overview
Status
Active
Duration
2013-2015
Project Start Date
January 2013
Project End Date
December 2015
Geographic Coverage
Nationwide
Focus Area
Energy and Environment
MDG
MDG 7: Ensure environmental sustainability
MDG 8: Global partnership for development
UNDP Focal Point
Mr. Nawaraj Chhetri
Project Support Officer
Energy and Environment
UNDP Bhutan
Bhutan Implementing Partner
Department of Renewable Energy
Ministry of Economic Affairs
Partners
Global Environment Facility (GEF)
Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC)
Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Poverty Environment Initiatives
Bhutan Trust Fund for Environmental Conservation
UNDP