Innovative ecostoves to enhance energy efficiency in 5 districts

Aug 2, 2016

Villagers getting a hands-on training on how to make the stoves.

With months of testing and refining, the Department of Renewable Energy (DRE) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) now have the answer to Bhutan’s high—1.3 tonnes per capita, per year--fuelwood consumption—Bhutan Ecostoves.  
“I designed the stoves contextualizing Bhutan’s tropology and the needs of the rural communities”, says Nar Bdr Khatiwara, UNDP Bhutan’s Programme Implementation Analyst for the project. The efficiency of the stoves, he says, is double as compared to that of the existing ones.
Having also passed international energy efficiency tests, the Project Management Unit (PMU) of the DRE in collaboration with Tarayana Foundation considered the stoves to be pilot-tested under UNDP Bhutan’s Sustainable Rural Biomass Energy (SRBE) project.
For the pilot stage, around 1,022 stoves will be constructed in the Rural Economy Advancement Plan (REAP) villages in Tsirang, Sarpang, Samtse, Lhuntse and Pemagatshel districts.
Due to the user-friendliness of the stoves, UNDP Bhutan was able to generate interest and transfer knowledge by training DRE Technicians, Tarayana Foundation Field Officers and by building capacity of more than 36 villagers as stove technicians from Tsirang, Sarpang and Samtse dzongkhags (districts).
“The journey was not easy because we had to walk hours in the rain surrounded by leaches through difficult terrain to some of the most remote and poorest villages such as Melonggang (Sibichang), Doophuchen Gewog, but it paid off as we were able to reach as many people as we had aimed”, recalls Nar. Bdr. of the field visits to the project sites.  
The stoves would address multiple aspects of 11th Five Year Development Plan of the Royal Government of Bhutan (RGoB) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).”
The project touches upon multiple Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) such as poverty, health and wellbeing, clean energy, economic growth, sustainable communities and consumption and climate action. In addition, this project has supported the RGoB in further reducing GHG emissions, improving livelihoods of the rural communities and strengthening the capacity of the relevant stakeholders. The trained technicians from DRE will continue training village stove technicians in the remaining districts.

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