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National ENERGY GLOBE Award Zambia 2017

Submitted by: Network for Environmental Concerns and Solutions(NECOS)
Project: Matero energy initiative

NECOS initiated the implementation of the pilot WWF-supported Matero Cooking Initiative. Cooking solutions based on sustainable energy are introduced to poor urban communities living in peri-urban areas of Lusaka.

Initial situation
Matero is a fast urbanizing community associated with a high rate of charcoal consumption. With a current population of almost 300,000 people, charcoal meets at least 90% of the energy consumption needs. The district suffers from devastating environmental challenges that include deforestation, lowering water quality and loss of important wildlife species, mainly driven by the population's massive use of charcoal. Another negative side-effect of using charcoal stoves is the harmful indoor air pollution in many poorly ventilated peri-urban households.

Solution
Network for Environmental Concerns and Solutions (NECOS) initiated the implementation of the pilot WWF-supported Matero Cooking Initiative. Cooking solutions based on sustainable energy are introduced to poor urban communities living in peri-urban areas of Lusaka. Clean biomass energy products, wood pellets and alternatives to charcoal are promoted in Matero. In 2014, NECOS was responsible for undertaking the baseline study, establishing baseline conditions, ensuring that stoves and pellets are made available to participating households and for monitoring the adoption of the energy solutions. Under this project agreement, NECOS in collaboration with Emerging Cooking Solutions, ensured that identified households had access to 400 gas stoves and biomass pellets. They also monitored their use and acceptance.

Innovation
Waste is converted into clean energy and the capacity of local entrepreneurs is strengthened. Sustainable energy solutions are promoted with the vision to identify, pilot and scale up innovative and sustainable initiatives by increasing access to renewable energy for the urban poor in Matero. The results and lessons learned from the pilot phase of the initiative are used to sustain and scale up the Matero Energy Model initiative in the rest of Zambia.

Involved partners
Emerging Cooking Solutions (ECS)

Jury-Rating
Matero is a fast urbanizing community associated with a high rate of charcoal consumption. With a current population of almost 300,000 people, charcoal meets at least 90% of the energy consumption needs. This year's National Winner of the Energy Globe Award in Zambia introduces cooking solutions based on sustainable energy to poor urban communities living in peri-urban areas of Lusaka. Congratulations on your initiative!



Capital: Lusaka
Official language: English
Total area: 752.618 kmĀ²
Population: 12.935.000
GDP/Capita/Year: $1.086
Source: Wikipedia 2012