Biodigester programme concludes leaving lasting and sustainable impact
The National Biogas Partnership Programme Scale Up programme (NBPE+) reached its pinnacle on January 9, 2024, with a final closing event showcasing the project's remarkable achievements and profound impacts impact on energy access and climate mitigation for communities in Ethiopia.
Under the theme 'Harnessing biodigesters for building resilience to climate change, clean cooking, and increased productivity in Ethiopia,' the event illuminated the transformative power of biodigesters.
Officially opened by H.E. Dr. Sultan Wali, State Minister of the Ministry of Water and Energy, the programme's closing ceremony emphasised the pivotal role of energy in economic development and yield increase. Dr Wali reaffirmed the commitment to providing energy access at scale to foster sustainable development.
Government representatives, development partners, and stakeholders from both the public and private sectors in the biodigester field gathered to witness the project's achievements. The event employed diverse engagement methods, including a Biogas products exhibition, a captivating photo gallery, and insightful panel discussions and presentations.
A highlight of the evening was the award ceremony, recognising the outstanding contributions of the programme's best performers, from individual experts to administrative levels spanning from woreda to federal levels.
Among the key achievements celebrated were:
186,120 rural people benefited
25,461 biodigesters Installed
107,433 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions reduced
96,800 tonnes of firewood consumption reduced annually
1,782 employment opportunities were created
140,000 hectares of land covered with Bio-slurry per year
1.43 hours per day average workload saved
The NBPE+ programme has not only made a significant impact on climate resilience, clean cooking, and productivity but has also become a beacon for sustainable development in Ethiopia.