Organisation: Mambuley Renewable Energy Initiative  

Cycle: 2019 Tanzania

Type: Climate mitigation

Sector: Renewable energy

Status: Shortlisted

Stage: In action

Bioenergy is often the main source of energy in many developing countries. It currently presents about 14% of the world’s energy supply. Changes in the energy supply matrix present many opportunities and challenges for bioenergy production and use. A major challenge is to provide people with what they want e.g. clean, cheap and efficient energy; in an environmentally acceptable manner.

Energy and rural development are intrinsically intertwined. By providing energy at local level, bioenergy can make a significant contribution to social and economic development in rural areas. Farmers have demonstrated that they can produce more food (and energy) if they are given the opportunity.

The overall objective of this project is to create cooperative mechanisms between the rural agriculture/forestry farmers and bioenergy processors. In order to guarantee a steady and reliable supply chain of renewable raw materials for the biomass industry, without compromising sustainability and a fair income gain for farmers and foresters for improved livelihoods.

Forest cut–off shall be reduced and prevented from unscrupulous uses of firewood and wood charcoal. Wildlife fauna and flora in the forest is preserved and land and soil degradation prevented due to reduced deforestation. Forest crop yield is increased and harvested for beneficial income.  

Mambuley Renewable Energy Initiative Ltd. is in progress of construction of a “Biomass Processing Plant” at Kigwe Village. A distance of about 40 km west of Dodoma City Centre of Tanzania. The plant shall use agriculture and forestry residues as main raw materials for pellets production. Farms produce waste; very few farm products encompass the entire product; instead an element of plant is harvested leaving the rest as waste materials. These materials shall have available market in the Biomass Processing Plant and shall substantially help farmers, foresters and individuals living in rural community to gain income by selling these waste materials and therefore reduce reliance on foreign oils and prevent also the negative environmental impacts that are associated with the dominant uses of fossil fuels. Moreover the Biomass Processing Plant will lead to creation of jobs, increase government tax revenues and poverty reduction to the rural population.