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Project in Guatemala, focused on energy efficient cookstoves in indigenous and rural communities, enters implementation

August 24, 2022
Traditional sustainable cooking
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The NAMA Support Project (NSP) “Guatemala – Efficient Use of Fuel and Alternative Fuels in Indigenous and Rural Communities” has now entered the Implementation Phase.

The project from the NAMA Facility’s 3rd Call is committed to creating improved conditions for sustainable and efficient firewood use in the country. 57 per cent of Guatemala’s total energy consumption comes from the use of fuelwood, mainly for cooking. Moreover, about 2.1 million households, located mostly in the poorest and most vulnerable municipalities of the country, use firewood.

In order to improve the conditions for sustainable and efficient firewood use, the project has set up a dedicated Firewood Commission to implement the country’s National Firewood Strategy. A respective action plan proposes: (i) to enhance access to efficient technologies, (ii) to increase demand, and (iii) to promote an enabling environment for sustainable and efficient firewood use.

With tailor-made financial and technical support mechanisms, the project will help to sustainably stimulate the supply and demand for energy efficient cookstoves in Guatemala. Among the potential co-benefits are the reduction in forest degradation, increased health benefits and improved economic conditions of households.

The Inter-American Development Bank, as the NAMA Support Organisation*, is implementing the NSP in close cooperation with national ministries and Alterna, the project’s implementing partner*.

For more information about the project, visit its page on the NAMA Facility website.

*To learn more about “NAMA Support Organisation” and “Implementing Partner”, visit the glossary on the NAMA Facility website.

The NAMA Facility is a joint initiative of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK), UK’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy and Utilities (KEFM), the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), the European Union and the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF).