JEEP GREEN AMBASSADORS CLUB

JEEP GREEN AMBASSADORS CLUB IS AN INITIATIVE TO CREATE AWARENESS ABOUT ENVIRONMENTAL DEGRIDATION AND COMING UP WITH ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY IDEAS THAT WILL HELP CONSERVE THE ENVIRONMENT WHILE HELPING IN OUR DAY TODAY LIFE.

You can Sign up Using the pop Up Form as soon as you get to the website. For more information and details on how to subscribe, please contact us on Tel : +256756795880 +256701929974 +256703797645 +256787660503 Email: info@jeepfolkecenter.org

Uganda should Scale up Energy Efficiency to Secure Sustainable Energy for ALL and to Increase Local Climate Action

Rural Uganda households are facing increasing energy costs or spend more time collecting firewood. Similarly, for the urban residents, a bag of charcoal (quality not withstanding) has skyrocketed to as high as Ugshs 100,000. But how far is this charcoal being efficiently produced, and even used by households today?

Energy efficiency simply means using less energy to perform the same task – that is, eliminating energy waste. Energy efficiency brings a variety of benefits: reducing greenhouse gas emissions, reducing demand for energy imports, and lowering our costs on a household and economy-wide level (Environmental and Energy Study Institute, 2019). While renewable energy technologies also help accomplish these objectives, improving energy efficiency is the cheapest – and often the most immediate – way to reduce the use of fossil fuels (Environment and Energy Study Institute, 2019). There are enormous opportunities for efficiency improvements and local level climate action in every sector of the economy, whether it is buildings, transportation, industry, or energy generation.

Uganda has abundant biomass, including large quantities of non-woody biomass, as well as peat and water resources. Water and biomass make the biggest contributions to the energy demands of Uganda’s population. The inconsistent use of the available resources has, however, left the country with an inadequate supply of energy. This situation is aggravated by often inefficient use of energy. As a result, the country has one of the lowest rates of consumption of modern (clean) energy in the world (GIZ, 2017). Uganda is also a signatory to the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative which the United Nations Secretary General launched the SE4ALL Initiative in September 2010 to achieve three inter-related goals by 2030 including doubling the rate of improvement in energy efficiency.

Wood fuels are heavily used for cooking in rural areas while charcoal mostly provides for the cooking needs of the urban population. The high demand for wood fuels used inefficiently results in overuse and depletion of forests. With time, the land available is becoming scarce and households prefer to use the land for food crops rather than planting trees, thus postponing the energy challenge. Production of
charcoal is carried out under primitive conditions with an extremely low efficiency at 10 to 12% on weight-out to weigh-in basis. To produce 1 kilogramme of charcoal, 9 kilogrammes of wood are needed, which translates into 22% efficiency on an energy output to energy input basis (Energypedia, 2019). At the same time, biomass use by households is very inefficient as the three-stone fire is still widely spread.

Therefore, implementing energy efficiency in parallel with expanding both the electricity grid and new clean energy generation reduces electricity demand and helps optimize the power supply so that it can serve more Ugandan customers reliably at minimum cost.

Energy Efficiency Issues in Uganda
According to the Energy Efficiency Roadmap for Uganda (2017), investment in Uganda’s energy sector has focused mainly on increasing energy access by increasing supply. The links between energy efficiency and energy access, and the multiple benefits of energy efficiency for the level and quality of energy available, have been largely overlooked by many stakeholders in Uganda, including the international donor community. Energy efficiency and energy access are sometimes viewed as competing priorities for funding rather than elements that can work together to achieve the goal of providing improved access to energy services. Moreover, energy efficiency is often perceived as a short-term solution to power outages and load shedding without taking into account that it is also a source of energy for future electricity planning.

The Road map points out the main barriers to energy efficiency investment in Uganda as being due to lack of access to affordable capital and financing, lack of confidence about energy efficiency investments, lack of enabling policies, a lack of enforcement of regulations, and lack of technical expertise. Uganda also drafted an Energy Efficiency Strategy (2010-2020) that categorized five main areas of intervention into ‘Pillars’ of Energy Efficiency that include: Awareness & Information; Training & Education; Research and Development; Financing and incentives; Legislation & Framework (MEMD, 2015). Unfortunately the energy efficiency law has not been enacted.

On the occasion of the 2019 Uganda National Energy and Minerals Week (aimed at sensitizing Ugandans on the efficient utilization of energy) and this week’s UN Climate Action Summit 2019, Uganda Coalition for Sustainable Development (UCSD), Joint Energy and Environment Projects (JEEP) and INFORSE East Africa, would like to raise issues of energy efficiency to be taken up as part of sustainable energy development and climate action in Uganda.

Our Call to Uganda Government and Global Climate Change and Energy development Partners
1) Uganda Parliament should fast track the enactment of the Energy efficiency and Conservation bill into law, in order for the Energy Efficiency Strategy (2010-2020) to take effect in support of the much needed country-wide climate action and sustainable energy promotion.
2) Institutional support for urban and rural local authorities to heighten political attention and coordination amongst the key sectors in order to gradually scale up efforts on improving energy efficiency and access in rural areas
3) There is a need to scale up investment in Research, development and dissemination of efficient and modern biomass technologies in a more coherent way as current efforts are heavily relying on the private sector / individuals
4) Public information and education should be scaled up as a matter of urgency beyond the annual energy week events. For example, campaigns on use of energy saving devices like incandescent light bulbs that convert less than 5% of energy to visible light; water and energy saving tips including timely fixation of water leaks and breakages; power down; regular maintenance of electric equipment and tools; re-use of water and other resources that take energy to provide.
5) There is need for more support to Uganda National Bureau of Standards to execute its mandate in enforcing standards and quality control of electric equipment and energy saving devices on the market as some of it is obsolete technology or energy inefficient
6) Buildings and infrastructure need to incorporate renewable energy technologies, leading to the creation of zero-energy buildings through decreased consumption; appliance efficiency and promotion of new building materials

East African Civil Society for Sustainable Energy & Climate Action (EASE&CA)

The overall objective of this project is increased access to sustainable energy and other climate solutions to local communities in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania with both women’s and men’s full and effective participation and leadership for improved livelihoods and reduction of poverty.

The immediate objective 1 (Local activities in 3 districts in Uganda): Empower poor, rural communities in three districts in Uganda, and in East Africa more generally, to get access to clean energy and improved livelihoods in an economic and climate friendly way, as well as to refine methods from previous projects to realise this.
The immediate objective 2 (National level): Strengthen national CSO networking and advocacy for increased targets and financing of local, sustainable, pro-poor, and gender responsive climate and energy solutions in national development strategies and their implementation in Kenya, Tanzania, and
Uganda. The strategies shall include Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and Long-term low Emission Development Strategies (LEDS) to the Paris Agreement, as well as national activities to implement SDG7 (clean energy), including the Sustainable Energy for All strategies.
The immediate objective 3 (International level advocacy): Strengthen networking and participation of East African CSOs for exchange
of experiences and to give voice to East African CSOs to influence development of the international framework for the national strategies and for climate financing, including in the UN Climate Convention (UNFCCC).

Project Partners are: Uganda Coalition for Sustainable Development (UCSD) www.ugandacoalition.or.ug www.ugandacoalition.or.ug and Joint Energy and Environment Projects (JEEP) www.jeepfolkecenter.org in Uganda , Tanzania Traditional Energy Development Organisation (TaTEDO) www.tatedo.org in Tanzania, Sustainable Environmental Development Watch Kenya (SusWatch) www.suswatchkenya.org , International Network For Sustainable Energy (INFORSE) -East Africa c/o www.inforse.org/africa , INFORSE – Denmark  www.inforse.org , and Nordic Folkecenter for Renewable Energy (NFRE) – Denmark www.folkecenter.net .
Supported by: The project is supported by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Civil Society Fund of CISU – Civil Society in Development (cisu.dk)

Project Publications:
– October, 2019: Baseline Studies on Sustainable Energy and Climate Solutions: East Africa Regional & International; Kenya; Uganda; Tanzania; Districts in Uganda http://www.inforse.org/pdfs/EASE_CA_District_Uganda_Baseline_JEEP_2019.pdf

– December, 2019 EASE-CA Theme Article in Sustainable Energy News No, 83 http://www.inforse.org/s_e_news.php3  or direct link: http://www.inforse.org/doc/SEN83.pdf

Events News:

– December 13, 2019: EASE-CA project at UNFCCC COP25 Side event, Madrid, Spain
Side Event Title: Local Solutions with Poverty Reduction in NDCs. (link: http://www.inforse.org/cop25.php3)
– October – November 2019 Introducing Sustainable Energy & Development solutions in Nakaseke, Nakasongola and Nebbi districts.

More on the EASE-CA project: www.inforse.org/EASE.htm

Participants of the EASE-CA Kickoff meeting

Solar Cold Storage and Lighting Project

Joint Energy and Environment Projects (JEEP), between August 2017 to February 2018, set up 6 JEEP Green Power Units in Bubeke and Kyamuswa sub-counties, Kalangala District. The Units were set up at 6 landing sites with funding from United States Africa Development Foundation (USADF) under the project name, Solar Cold Storage and Lighting Project. JEEP works with 6 women groups to run the units.

JEEP pre-commissioned the Green Power Units on 20th and 21st February 2018. Mr. Tom Coogan from USADF and Mrs. Joan Rutaroh from Uganda Development Trust (UDET) pre-commissioned one of the Units. Thereafter, JEEP had follow up visits and finishing works to the Units; and commissioned them by the end of May 2018.

Each Unit was installed with 2 solar powered freezers for fish and drinks cold storage services at a fee, solar phone charging at a fee and solar lamps for selling to the communities. Each unit was installed with 2 internal bulbs and 1 external security light. JEEP has so far raised about UGX.4,000,000 (USD.1,142) from the cold storage and lighting services and expects to keep raising more income. This will be used for re-stocking the units, for replacement / repair works and for replicating a unit at another landing.

The project contributes to 5 Strategic Development Goals (SDGs) including SDG 1, 5, 7, 8 and 13.

SDG Number 1: No Poverty: The 6 women groups get income from the cold storage services and from selling the solar lamps.

SDG Number 5: Gender Equity: In running the units, the women are competing with men who tend to manage solar related businesses more than women in Uganda.

SDG Number 7: Affordable and clean energy: The Freezers, phone charging system and solar lamps use affordable and clean energy.

SDG Number 8: Decent work and economic growth: The women are working decently to raise income for themselves.

SDG Number 13: Climate Action: The units contribute to mitigation of climate change through use of clean solar energy.

Green Power Unit of Busobozi Women Group

Each Unit has 2 solar powered fridges

One fridge is for cold fish storage

The other fridge is for selling cold drinks

The fish is weighed to calculate the price for storing

Solar phone charging system within the Unit

Green products like solar lamps and energy saving stoves are also sold in the Units

A customer is buying a cold drink from Ndiwulira Women Group Green Power Unit

Clean Environment Initiative Project (CEIP)

The aim of this intervention is to create awareness for behavioural change in proper waste management, clean cooking and tree planting as mitigation measures to environmental degradation in Soroti District. This includes capacity development and advocacy activities in the schools and at the district level. It is a project meant to be replicated in more districts after two years.

The project addresses 4 UN sustainable development goals of Climate Action, Good Health and Well-being, No Poverty, Renewable Energy and Sustainability. Through the project the students will acquire knowledge and motivation to bring back to their local communities.

The Clean Environment Initiative in Secondary Schools Project aims to bring citizens in Uganda to actively get involved in solving environmental issues facing the Teso area. It will be implemented in partnership between Seniors without Borders (SwB), Joint Energy and Environment Projects (JEEP), and Youth Leading Environment Change (YLEC) in order to create awareness to influence schools and students’ behavioural change in clean cooking and waste management, as well as general environment conservation in Soroti.

Cold Storage and Lighting Project Monitoring visits in Kalangala district (Ssese islands)

Joint Energy and Environment Projects (JEEP), between August 2017 to February 2018, set up 6 JEEP Green Power Units in Bubeke and Kyamuswa sub-counties, Kalangala District. The Units were set up at 6 landing sites with funding from United States Africa Development Foundation (USADF) under the project name, Solar Cold Storage and Lighting Project. JEEP works with 6 women groups to run the units.

JEEP pre-commissioned the Green Power Units on 20th and 21st February 2018. Mr. Tom Coogan from USADF and Mrs. Joan Rutaroh from Uganda Development Trust (UDET) pre-commissioned one of the Units. Thereafter, JEEP had follow up visits and finishing works to the Units; and commissioned them by the end of May 2018.

Each Unit was installed with 2 solar powered freezers for fish and drinks cold storage services at a fee, solar phone charging at a fee and solar lamps for selling to the communities. Each unit was installed with 2 internal bulbs and 1 external security light. JEEP has so far raised about UGX.4,000,000 (USD.1,142) from the cold storage and lighting services and expects to keep raising more income. This will be used for re-stocking the units, for replacement / repair works and for replicating a unit at another landing.

The project contributes to 5 Strategic Development Goals (SDGs) including SDG 1, 5, 7, 8 and 13.

SDG Number 1: No Poverty: The 6 women groups get income from the cold storage services and from selling the solar lamps.

SDG Number 5: Gender Equity: In running the units, the women are competing with men who tend to manage solar related businesses more than women in Uganda.

SDG Number 7: Affordable and clean energy: The Freezers, phone charging system and solar lamps use affordable and clean energy.

SDG Number 8: Decent work and economic growth: The women are working decently to raise income for themselves.

SDG Number 13: Climate Action: The units contribute to mitigation of climate change through use of clean solar energy.

Green Power Unit of Busobozi Women Group

Each Unit has 2 solar powered fridges

One fridge is for cold fish storage

The other fridge is for selling cold drinks

The fish is weighed to calculate the price for storing

Solar phone charging system within the Unit

Green products like solar lamps and energy saving stoves are also sold in the Units

A customer is buying a cold drink from Ndiwulira Women Group Green Power Unit

KAL project Stakeholders meeting at JEEP Folkecenter

On 15th February 2017, the KAL project stakeholders meeting was held at the JEEP Folkecenter where all the nine project districts of Arua, Amuria, Apac, Kalangala, Kamuli, Tororo, Mukono, Kasese and Mpigi were duly represented. Other stakeholders came from Government ministries, institutions ir universities, the civil society Organisations (CSOs), Government Agencies ( NEMA, NAADS, NFA, & UIA),  Media, and JEEP members. The Chief Guest Mr. Soren H. Larsen the First Secretary at the Embassy of Denmark in Uganda was the Chief Guest who launched the report on findings and recommendations on Renewable Energy and Climate Change mitigation aims at increasing  the level of sustainable rural communities through implementation of environmental conservation practices e.g. energy saving stoves and tree planting and local access to renewable energy technologies such as solar lamps.

The findings came from all the project stakeholders where the Area Members of Parliament in the target district promised to further advocacy and lobbying for greener developments and embrace the benefits of renewable energy technology through encouraging formulation more strategic and comprehensive greener policies; District, sub-county, local and village leaders become more active in policy formation, enforcement and monitoring measures to reduce environmental degradation e.g. recapturing degraded wetland, tree planting during district and global environmental days and participative / interactive decision making forums in their local and administrative council meetings.

IMG_8953

IMG_8991

IMG_9052

The Nordic Folkecenter for Renewable Energy is a non-profit, independent, organization that provides research, development of technology, training and information for the manufacture, industrial innovation and implementation of renewable energy technologies and energy savings in Denmark and throughout the world. Folkecenter intends to achieve measurable increases in the utilization of renewable energy technologies and thereby significant reductions in environmental pollution associated with energy use in Denmark and elsewhere. - Visit Website