Avoiding CO2 emissions by saving fuel
Region Kampala, Uganda*
The core of the climate protection project is to equip households in the Kampala metropolitan region with energy-efficient cooking stoves.
The stoves, which were specially developed for the project region, are extremely effective, long-lasting and easy to use. Compared to traditional, open hotplates, the metal cookers save 35 to 50 percent in fuel.
For families who have changed their previous cooking habits with a new stove, this means a significant reduction in fuel costs.
A more effective combustion of the charcoal also results in much less emissions that are harmful to the climate and, above all, to health.
The stoves are made in the region and sold on site. In this way, the climate protection project contributes to regional added value, secures jobs and regular income for the population.
Starting from the Kampala region, the project area is gradually being expanded and extended to other regions. To date, more than 450,000 households have been equipped with the new, efficient cooking stoves.
Great goals, difficult implementation
According to WHO, 663 million people in Africa, Asia and South America have no access or only insufficient access to clean drinking water. Therefore, drinking water in plastic bottles is not only an alternative to unsafe water supply for many people, but the only way out.
Uganda is one of the centers where drinking water for the African region is bottled in PET-bottles. Indeed, this situation causes a great waste problem. However, these water bottles are imperative for many people to survive.
In 2012 already, Uganda has made an important decision regarding the climate protection: a law prohibiting plastic bags was passed. The judges decided that plastic bags „violate the rights of people to a clean and healthy environment”.
The Ugandan climate policy has set itself ambitious goals which are very difficult to implement due to various problems that are located at different levels. In 2007, the NAPA was adopted. The National Adaptation Programme of Action and different programs of action include strategies of adaptation to climate change.
Countries such as Uganda are among the most vulnerable to climate change without belonging to the main polluters. Uganda and all African countries are dependent on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by the industrialized countries, the compensation for the financing of adaptation measures and transfer of technology in the country.