Taking Renewable Energy to Kenya’s Tea Landscapes
What’s at Stake
Kenya is facing a deforestation crisis, as well as a public health hazard, caused by the widespread use of firewood and charcoal as fuel for cooking and heat. Firewood is also widely used in the production of Kenya’s biggest export, tea.
What We’re Doing
The Rainforest Alliance is catalyzing a renewable energy transformation in Kenyan tea-producing regions where we work. Our aim is to stop deforestation, create sustainable, long-term employment for energy entrepreneurs, and improve health outcomes in tea farming communities.
The renewable energy project is designed to help 50,000 families save money, cut carbon emissions, and create healthier homes—while preventing the loss of 80,000 trees.
This exciting initiative to promote renewable energy in Kenya’s tea landscapes will reduce deforestation, improve livelihood opportunities, reduce carbon emissions, and create healthier homes for 50,000 tea families by the middle of 2021.
“The briquettes are cheap, economical, and they don’t create smoke, which is very damaging to our health.”
Purity W’Njema says biomass briquettes save her time and energy