Promotion of Improved Charcoal and Biomass Energy Technologies

Lead country


Participating countries


Project status

Under implementation

Implementing period

From September 27, 2016 to September 26, 2022

SDGs addressed by this project

SDG targets

  1. 7.3 Double global rate energy efficiency improvement
  2. 15.2 Promote sustainable forest management, restoration, afforestation

Project ID: 5331

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Technical team

  • Energy Programme

Technical area(s)

  • Energy access


  • Sustainable charcoal
  • Clean cooking


  • Human altered areas
  • Forests


  • Urban areas
  • Rural areas
  • General

Transformed sector(s)

  • Energy
  • Forestry and other land use

UNDP role(s)

  • Capacity development / Technical assistance
  • Convening / Partnerships / Knowledge Sharing
  • Policy advice


  • Law regulation
  • Management operation
  • Capacity building


  • Laws/ Policy/ Plan formulation
  • Institutional framework
  • Sustainable land management
  • Institutional capacity building
  • Technical capacity building

Social inclusion

  • Local community/CSOs
  • Women
  • Private sector

Gender equality

  • Livelihoods for women

Gender result effectiveness scale

  • Gender responsive


  • People pathway
  • Systems pathway
  • Sci-tech pathway

Risk reduction target(s)

  • Improve resilience
  • Hazard control/mitigation

SDG target(s)

  • 7.3 Double global rate energy efficiency improvement
  • 15.2 Promote sustainable forest management, restoration, afforestation

Conventions and protocols


Private sector(s)

  • Small and medium-sized enterprises

Hot topic

  • Multi-stakeholder collaboration
  • Poverty reduction
  • Food and agricultural commodities strategy

About this project


The Project aims to introduce energy-efficient charcoal technologies in Angola and trigger market demand for certified, sustainable charcoal. Through selected Responsible Partners, energy-efficient charcoal kilns, briquetting machines and efficient stoves will be transferred to rural and peri-urban beneficiaries, thereby adding value along the chain while creating opportunities for income and job creation. Environmental benefits are attained by mitigation of baseline greenhouse gas emissions, reduction of local pollution, and saving of forest-based biomass resources. The Project will deliver key elements for building and financing a sustainable charcoal sector, including a policy white paper and sustainability criteria and verification mechanisms. The Project will further build relevant human resources at all levels for implementing and sustaining low-emission development strategies in Angola, with a focus on charcoal and rural biomass utilization. Finally, the Project will mainstream sustainable charcoal into existing Governmental poverty reduction and rural development programs.


To reduce the current unsustainable and GHG-intensive mode of charcoal production and utilization from Angola"s Miombo woodlands via an integrated set of interventions in the national charcoal value chain.

USD $4,720,000

Grant amount

USD $18,736,700

Leveraged amount (co-financing)


Source(s) of fund

Sources of fund


  • Global Environment Facility – Trust Fund ($4,720,000)

Implementing partner(s)

  • Government of Angola

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