Innovative clean cooking fuel distribution
This project scaled up the production and distribution of innovative, non-carbonised biomass briquettes that replace charcoal and firewood for clean cooking. Acacia Innovations targets small and medium-sized institutions in Kenya, such as schools, restaurants, children’s homes and hotels. This is an underserved market segment that has a multiplier effect on health and the environment. Acacia has become the largest supplier of clean cooking fuels for schools and small businesses in Kenya, but demand exceeds existing production capacity. With EEP Africa financing, Acacia expanded production of its Kuni Safi brand briquettes and piloted an innovative new cookstove that can be sold at a discounted rate as part of a subscription bundle.
Outcome and Impact
The project contributed significantly to reducing carbon emissions and improving health in Kenya. During the project, Acacia tripled monthly production and established three field offices to reach underserved regions. The company has delivered affordable and eco-friendly fuel to more than 500 schools, restaurants, hotels and small industries in 20+ countries across Kenya, and provides after-sales training to every customer. About 100 jobs have been created, of which 60% are women and 75% under 35 years old. Each tonne of briquettes saves 25 trees, which resulted in a reduction of 30,492 tonnes of CO2e during the life of the project. Each school or children’s home that switches from charcoal to briquettes saved EUR 750 per year, while also leading to better health, resources and quality of life for children in low-income slums and rural areas.