Uganda has a population of 31 million people with 87% living in rural areas and relying almost exclusively (96%) on biomass for cooking. 90% of them do not have an improved cook stove or clean fuel, which means they suffer from indoor air pollution, spend many hours of the day looking for fuels, and have high expenses in fuel costs.
To target these deficits, in 2007, the Government of Uganda developed the Renewable Energy Policy, which aimed to increase the use of modern renewable energy from 6% to 61% by 2020. This policy highlights the need for mass adoption of improved cook stoves to reduce demand for biomass energy resources. The Government is also developing a Biomass Energy Strategy (BEST) with a focus on increasing use of efficient biomass energy technologies.
In order to support these efforts and in an effort to establish a joint coordination framework for the private and public actors in the Ugandan clean cooking sector, important sector stakeholders, including the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development (MEMD), in 2013 formed the Uganda National Alliance on Clean Cooking (UNACC).
in 2007, the Government of Uganda developed the Renewable Energy Policy, which aimed to increase the use of modern renewable energy from 6% to 61% by 2020.
UNACC’s aims are to address the coordination and promotional roles for the clean cooking sector, to support the development and implementation of national policies and regulations, and to collect and distribute data and information to all sector players. In the course of the founding process in 2013 major priority areas for intervention and for achieving best practices in clean cooking solutions had been compiled.
UNACCs major objectives have been defined as follows:
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