EEP project of the year / Eco-Fuel Africa



The Ugandan based Social Enterprise Eco-Fuel Africa won the prestigious title “Project of the Year 2015” at the annual Knowledge Exchange Forum (KEF) arranged by the Energy and Environment Partnership Programme of Southern and East Africa (EEP S&EA).


Sanga Moses, the Energy Innovator and CEO of Eco-fuel Africa, told the audience how he came about to fight the energy problem in Uganda. “On a day that I made a journey to meet my mother I met kid sister carrying wood and as she saw me she started crying. First I thought she was happy to see me but then I found out the she cried because she was tired to miss school at least twice a week to carry wood instead of attending school”. Seeing his younger sister crying and on the verge of losing the only opportunity she had to improve her life, inspired Sanga to think about an alternative source of fuel. To solve this problem Sanga quit his office job and with savings of just 500 USD he came up with an idea that he hopes that will fix part of the energy crises in Uganda.


He started Eco-fuel Africa, a Social Enterprise that works with the local communities in Uganda to convert locally sourced farm and municipal waste into clean cooking fuel briquettes that averts the use of wood-based fuels that depletes the forest. The users of the briquettes benefit from a product that burns longer, burns cleaner and is substantially cheaper than the charcoal that is regularly used.


Up till now Eco-Fuel Africa has created over 5,800 jobs for the people at the base of the pyramid by creating income sources for over 3,000 farmers and over 2,000 micro-retailers. The business model of Eco-Fuel Africa is simple. Farmers burn their farm waste, like coffee husk, sugarcane waste and corn waste, in basic kilns made out of used oil drums to create a char that can be turned into briquettes. These briquettes are then distributed by a network of micro-retailers that are exclusively single mothers as Sanga initial motivation for the business was to enable kids of single parents to enrol and stay in school. The strength of the business idea behind Eco-fuel Africa is that it brings an added social value to the local community by its decentralised approach that keeps the profits among local farmers, briquette producers, retailers and consumers.


Thanks to the funds received by EEP, Eco-Fuel Africa has been able to drastically scale up and fast track its business and today they reach over 56,000 households on a daily basis, provides 5,800 jobs for people at the base of the pyramid and has enabled 20,000 kids to enrol and stay in school. But as Sanga points out, Eco-Fuel Africa is just in an early phase on its “mission to solve the energy crises in Uganda”.


As EEP “Project of the Year 2015” Eco-Fuel Africa won the opportunity to present this extraordinary project at the African Utility Week conference in Cape Town from 17 – 19 May 2016.


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Invitation – Knowledge Exchange Forum 2015


The EEP S&EA will be hosting its second Knowledge Exchange Forum (KEF) on 3 December 2015 in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.

As a Programme Director of EEP I would like to encourage all our project developers to seriously consider to attend our forthcoming Knowledge Exchange Forum. The KEF has been set up with you in mind. The main focus will be on exchanging experiences and knowledge, but also to come in contact with other EEP projects and the EEP team.

We are very pleased to have the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) joining us at the KEF to present their Sustainable Energy Marketplace for RE/EE projects. This tool can be very beneficial to EEP projects that are looking to upscale after the current EEP support. IRENA will send the virtual market place project manager to present the market place and, in a dedicated working session, to work with you as project developers in showcasing this tool.

At the KEF we will be focusing on your experiences in a number of “round tables” in which you can share your experiences, and learn from others, around a number of topics. In the programme you will find a preliminary list of round table topics. But we are very open to suggestions for additional topics from your side as well.

And last, but certainly not least, during the event we will announce the winner of the EEP Project of Year award. Just to remind you: the award is not only a recognition of the excellent work of your project, but we also have secured a speaking slot at the leading Africa Utility Week / Clean Power Africa conference in Cape Town to present your project! EEP will cover the costs of travel, accommodation and conference fees for a representative of the winning project to go to Cape Town for this mid-May!

To conclude, I sincerely hope you will be able to join us in Dar es Salaam for our East Africa Knowledge Exchange Forum and I am looking forward to meet you there!


Kind regards,

Wim Jonker Klunne

EEP Programme Director


Click here to view the agenda and register>>

Or follow this link to register:  (If the link does not work, you can email your registration to Participation to the event is free of charge but a registration is compulsory.

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Photos: EEP Knowledge Exchange Forum 2014  ©EEP Coordination Office



The EEP S&EA will be hosting its second Knowledge Exchange Forum (KEF) on the 3rd of December 2015 in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. During the KEF, we will also announce the winner of the EEP Project of Year (2015) competition.

We warmly encourage every EEP funded  project to apply for the nomination. All project developers, including the completed projects, are welcome to apply.

Instructions on how to apply: EEP_Project Of The Year 2015

Send your application by 26 Nov 2015!



 Check out our last year’s (2014) winner  – Devergy>>


WEBINAR: IRENA Sustainable Energy Marketplace, 26 October

Make sure you don’t miss

WEBINAR – Promoting Renewable Energy Finance in Africa: IRENA Sustainable Energy Marketplace

Date and time: 26th October, 12:00 – 13:00 pm GMT

A financing need and opportunity of USD 50-55 billion per annum for energy investments
for sustainable development exists in Africa. This is at least five-fold compared to the current
investment levels, calling for remarkable scale-up. To enhance development, bankability and
financing of renewable energy projects IRENA has launched the Sustainable Energy Marketplace
( It is a virtual marketplace for renewable energy project
owners and their projects, financiers and service providers in Africa and later on in other developing
countries. IRENA & EEP welcome project owners to this webinar to see how the marketplace works,
how to register your project in the marketplace, and thus get more visibility for your project and
access important information, data and tools.


  • Opening and welcome, EEP, Wim Jonker Klunne, Programme Director
  • Demo and presentation of IRENA’s Sustainable Energy Marketplace, Aleksi Lumijarvi,
  • Programme Officer, Renewable Energy Finance, IRENA
  • Q&A

The total length of the event will be approximately 45 min

You can register to the webinar here:

Read the full concept note and more insights of the IRENA Sustainable Energy Market Place here>>

The flyer: Virtual Market Place_Flyer

SAIREC EEP side event was held in Cape Town on the 5th of October

EEP side event at SAIREC

From 4 – 7 October, the South African Department of Energy and the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI), supported by the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st century (REN21), hosted the South African International Renewable Energy Conference (SAIREC) in Cape Town, South Africa. Approx. 3 600 delegates from 82 countries participated in this event, which was the sixth meeting in the series of International Renewable Energy Conferences (IRECs) building upon successful outcomes in Abu Dhabi in 2013 (ADIREC), New Delhi in 2010 (DIREC), Washington in 2008 (WIREC), Beijing in 2005 (BIREC), and in Bonn in 2004 (Renewables 2004).

At SAIREC EEP organized an official side event with the title “Energy access in Africa: lessons learned and the way forward”. The event took place on the first day between the official conference programme and the gala dinner, in parallel with six other side events.

The EEP event was, compared to the other side events, well attended and received positive feedback of the audience.

The event was opened by H.E. Mr. Petri Salo, Ambassador of Finland in South Africa, after which Mr. John Warburton, the new DFID Southern Africa Climate Change Team Leader, set the scene with an introduction into energy access in Africa and the actions required to reach all currently unserved populations.

EEP Programme Director Mr. Wim Jonker Klunne presented the EEP programme and its achievements, followed by a joint presentation by Mr. Jonker Klunne and Mr. Darius Boshoff on lessons learned from implementing the projects supported under EEP.

After these presentations, Ms. Georgina Ayre, DFID Regional Southern Africa Climate and Environment Advisor, led a discussion panel that reflected on the presentations. The panel consisted of Mr. Aleksi Lumijarvi (IRENA, Programme Officer Renewable Energy Private Sector Finance), Mr. Mark Radka (UNEP, Chief Energy, Climate, and Technology Branch) and Mr. Linus Mofor (UNECA, Senior Expert on Energy and Climate Change).

All three panelists praised EEP for the results achieved and expressed their hope that EEP would indeed be able to advance the sustainable energy sector in Africa through deep dives into the experiences of the projects supported.

Interaction with the audience did see a number of questions being put forward to the presenters and the panelists, as well as some of the EEP project developers standing up and publicly thanking EEP for its support to their respective projects.

The EEP side event was able to showcase the programme to SAIREC participants, while at the same time to re-confirm the relevance of it. The common opinion amongst the panelists and audience was that EEP had a wealth of experiences and knowledge within its portfolio and that we should make this known to the world at large.

Please access the main presentation of the event here: 20151005 SAIREC side event>>


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The Vienna Energy Forum was held in Austria on 18-20 June

The Vienna Energy Forum (VEF) takes place every two years. It was established in 2008 by the Austrian Government, IIASA and UNIDO. The Forum aims to explore how energy can contribute to meeting global development challenges, based on the premise that issues such as poverty, climate change, security, health and income are closely linked to the nature, accessibility and affordability of existing energy systems.

This year the forum took place from 18 – 20 June and EEP’s Programme Director Wim Jonker Klunne did participate as a panelist in the panel on public-private partnerships for energy efficiency, which was chaired by Mr. Mark Radka of UNEP. In this session he highlighted the potential for energy savings, efficiency and generation at the government infrastructure level as an opportunity for PPPs. He stressed that financial viability is not enough to get a project off the ground and that the understanding of potential mutual benefits of PPPs is essential.

The Forum did conclude with eight recommendations that will be used as inputs into the ongoing debate on the role of energy for development.

In key message one, the Forum recommends the approval of the SDGs in September by the UN General Assembly, in particular SDGs 7 (access to sustainable energy) and 9 (sustainable industrialization). This message further cites major scaling up of action on the ground as key to the success of the 2015 global development debates.

Key message two links climate action to action on SDGs. This message describes the three major global debates in 2015 as a rare opportunity to link climate action and the SDGs.

Key message three states that two-thirds of energy efficiency potential will go untapped unless effective policies and measures are put in place to allow necessary action and investments.

Key message four underlines that, to meet energy efficiency and renewable energy potential, scaled up action and investments are needed in targeted areas, such as cities, and in key sectors such as industry, transport, power generation and buildings.

Key message five states that the nexus between energy, transport, food, water and health is inseparable is an essential contributor to social progress and human wellbeing, and needs to be approached in an integrated manner for adequate solutions.

Key message six states that greater effort is needed to strengthen the synergies between the three 2030 SE4All goals: (ensure universal energy access, double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency and double the share of renewable energy).

Key message seven outlines that much of the potential for greater impact in climate and development action goes untapped because of lack of regulatory cohesion and lack of synergy between national and sub- national efforts. This message highlights the need for regional approaches, such as regional centers, on renewable energy and energy efficiency, and cohesive policy actions for lowering transaction costs and promoting economies of scale for regional approaches.

Key message eight states that sustainable energy and women’s empowerment are mutually reinforcing goals and that empowering women to become agents of sustainable energy will be key to achieving truly inclusive and sustainable development.

A full report on the 2015 Vienna Energy Forum can be found at

Africa Clockwise

Our partner in mitigating the climate change, a stand-up comedian Mark Sampson, held a show in Noordhoek as a part of his Cape Town tour on Saturday the 29 of August. The show was about a journey of traveling through West Africa with a truck that runs on 100% of renewable fuels –kids and a wife on board– for 12 months, and awakening the audience to think about their values in their everyday lives.

The family is on a mission attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the longest journey made on alternative fuel. The journey will continue in October from Liberia, whereof the family  had to pause the travels last year due to the Ebola epidemic.

Read more about the Africa Clockwise -project here>>


Mark Sampson


Coming soon – KEF 2015

The Knowledge Exchange Forum 2015 will be held on the 3rd of December in Tanzania.

More info including the agenda and venue will follow shortly.

Book the day on your calendar and see you in Tanzania!

Read more about last year’s event here>>