Rwanda has officially become part of Sustainable Energy for All, a global universal energy initiative by the United Nations, according to The New Times.
SE4ALL was launched by outgoing UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon in September 2011 to make sustainable energy a reality by 2030 by improving access and reducing waste and pollution.
“Energy is the golden thread that connects economic growth, increased social equity, and an environment that allows the world to thrive,” Ki-moon noted at the time.
At local level, the initiative scales up access to energy; promotes the use of clean cooking technologies; increases use of renewable sources of energy for electricity production; and efficient use of energy.
Rwanda seeks to address issues in gender, health and energy access by implementing the global initiative which is in line with its national rural electrification strategy.
It will attempt to reduce the country’s high dependence on biomass fuels from the current 85 per cent use to about 50 per cent by 2020.
Rwanda targets to bring down its use of biomass fuels to under 30 per cent by 2030, according to Robert Nyamvumba, the energy division manager at Rwanda’s Ministry of Infrastructure.
Nyamvumba added that the country aims to increase electricity generation and production by 2018 by stepping up contribution of renewable energy including geothermal and solar through off and mini grids.
The decision for Rwanda to join the initiative was made during the third annual iPAD Rwanda Energy Infrastructure Forum in Kigali, Rwanda.