Marking the Success of the “Clean Energy – Safe Energy” Program in UNHCR Eastern Ethiopian Camps

October 15, 2015   |   Addis Abbaba, Ethiopia

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Marking the Success of the “Clean Energy – Safe Energy” Program in the UNHCR Eastern Ethiopian Camps
A Humanitarian Intervention Serving Refugees from Somalia

In honor of Gaia Association’s 10th year of refugee assistance in the Kebribeyah, Sheder and Awbarre Camps

Join Project Gaia  in celebrating a milestone and gaining an in-depth look at energy access programs in humanitarian settings. The workshop will highlight Gaia Association and partner’s work in providing ethanol fuel and cookstoves for Somali refugees in Ethiopia. Beneficiaries will present on their experience cooking on ethanol for the last ten years. Stakeholders will also present on the program.

Key Highlights of Gaia Association’s Refugee Program in Ethiopian Camps:
  • 10 years of zero accidents with the stoves
  • 12 million stove-user days delivered
  • Highest ratings from the refugees as documented in their annual Participatory Assessments
  • 10 million liters of fuel delivered safely to the camps
  • 500,000 liters of fuel storage built and maintained in the camps by Gaia
  • 100% coverage first in one camp and now in three camps.
  • No wood being used or gathered where there are ethanol stoves. Approximately 10 million kg of wood burning has been avoided.
  • This represents, conservatively, about 150,000 tons of CO2 avoided. If a full life-cycle analysis were employed, the actual savings would more than double.
  • The Government of Ethiopia has now mandated to the UN that no more wood be burned in the camps, that kerosene be phased out, and replaced with domestically produced ethanol (from the Ethiopian sugar industry).
  • The cost of ethanol to the camps is 50% of the cost of kerosene, saving donors money
  • The number of stoves are increasing in the camps, recently up from 4,000 to 7,000 and now increasing again, based on supply of ethanol.
  • Gaia has been asked by the government to expand to other camps in Ethiopia.
  • UNHCR programs in Kenya, Djibouti and elsewhere are now seeking to replicate the program.

In partnership with Gaia Association, Project Gaia, UNHCR, ARRA

More information will be available shortly. Please email with questions or comments.

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