Ivory Coast will hold a validation workshop on the 18th September. The goal is to confirm the results of the study about cooking and domestic energy in Ivory Coast led by the ECOWAS Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) from the CEDEAO and StovePlus. A time for discussion will gather the people involved for designing the study to render an accurate and global overview of the whole sector. The study will be released at the end of September.

What’s the current situation in Ivory Coast?

The country is often considered as a driving force in West Africa with a growing rate of 8% to 9% per year; one of the highest in the sub-Saharan region where the rate has remained around 4% since 2011.

This 22.8 million inhabited country is subsisting mainly from agriculture and especially cocoa. It’s the first worldwide exporter of that commodity, well ahead of Indonesia, Ghana, or Nigeria.

The country benefits from a favorable economic climate but the access to efficient and clean energy is still an issue.

Although the country produces oil and gas and supports its use (subsidies on 6Kg gas cylinder), biomass remains the fuel the most in use in industries and reached 60% of the total fuel consumed by professionals.

Regarding household consumption, 79% of the population uses biomass and, in rural areas, they combine it mainly with 3 stone fire.

A study to improve the access to cleaner energy

In the region, there is ECREEE, dedicated to improve the renewable energy market and energy efficiency. Through its WACCA initiative, the West African Clean Cooking Alliance, ECREEE seeks to improve access to cleaner and more efficient cooking solutions.

GERES is a partner of WACCA from the beginning and shares with ECREEE the same goal, to support the dissemination of better cooking devices in West Africa. This study will help to achieve this goal.

To get a sufficient data set, we explored the following topics:

-  All the different type of fuels and cooking equipment sold and used in the area targeted by the study.

-  The delivery models set-up according to the cooking equipment and the associated fuels

-  Quantitative and qualitative standards

-  Tariff thresholds of several equipment and fuels and the end-users’ willingness to pay

-  The obstacles that the supply and demand encounter

To gather those data, ECREEE and StovePlus  asked many stakeholders involved in the sector, fuel and cooking equipment producers and suppliers, different type of end-users, key players from the civil society, international organizations, and ministries involved in the sector. The workshop will gather those stakeholders.

When the baseline is finished, we will publish it on our website at the end of September.

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