By Sustainability Hub Reporter Emanuel Manko
With the ongoing concerns of climate change, the world is shifting to renewable sources of much cleaner and safer energy than ever before, from a solar powered airport in India to self-powered buildings in Dubai.
Despite having a lot of natural resources such as rivers, strong wind, ocean currents and maximum tropical sunlight, Tanzania still faces the challenge of shifting to renewable sources of energy, like many other African states. This is due to less investment in energy sector, the lack of technological expertise and insufficient government’s policies.
Therefore, most of the population, especially in rural areas, has been left with no choice other than to continue using firewood and charcoal as the major source of energy for daily household activities.
However, Greenovate Ltd, a company with a mission, strives to make Tanzania a place that excels on Eco-innovation. It has the vision to become the leading company in running and promoting sustainable Green- Business practices in Tanzania and across East Africa. Currently, the company is running among others two projects: Biomass energy promotion and rural electrification with the aim of changing people’s lives by moving towards renewable energy resources while reducing air pollution and health hazards caused by deforestation and burning of firewood.
The biomass project plans to provide a sustainable alternative to tree-based charcoal by shifting towards biogas, improved cook stoves (ICS) and briquettes. This will go hand in hand with the provision of training and equipment to existing charcoal producers, hence providing green jobs as well.
The rural electrification project aims to electrify most of the rural areas with alternative sources of energy, such as solar panels instead of depending only on national power grid.
In this way social development in rural areas, for example education and health institutions can be fastened, which improves the lives of communities.