University of Edinburgh – promoting sustainable biofuel

The University of Edinburgh’s work promoting sustainable bioenergy practices in Kenya and Tanzania is helping east Africa achieve a United Nations target of sustainable energy for all by 2030. Dr Thomas Molony researched their use of biofuels for the Policy Innovation Systems for Clean Energy Security project, exploring how to make biofuel production more efficient, ensure people have better access to energy and eliminate wastage. The work has contributed to Kenya’s National Biofuel Policy and to a gender working group in Tanzania promoting equality in bioenergy policy. It helped improve the lives and energy security of more than 300,000 people, identifying local agricultural waste products – rice husks and jatropha cakes – as valuable fuel sources for a more efficient, cleaner-burning, biofuel stove.

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