Promotion of sustainable biomass based electricity generation in Benin

Lead country


Participating countries


Project status

Under implementation

Implementing period

From January 27, 2017 to January 31, 2022

SDGs addressed by this project

SDG targets

  1. 7.2 Increase share of global renewable energy
  2. 7.1 Ensure universal access to sustainable, reliable energy
  3. 15.a Mobilize resources for biodiversity conservation, sustainable use

Project ID: 5115

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Technical team

  • Energy Programme

Technical area(s)

  • Energy access
  • Renewable Energy


  • Electricity access
  • Type: Off-grid, mini-grids
  • Resource: Biomass
  • Resource: Waste (agriculture)


  • Human altered areas
  • Forests


  • Rural areas
  • General

Transformed sector(s)

  • Forestry and other land use

UNDP role(s)

  • Capacity development / Technical assistance
  • Direct support / Service Delivery
  • Institutional mechanism and system building


  • Governance
  • Capacity building
  • Technology innovation


  • Laws/ Policy/ Plan formulation
  • Institutional framework
  • Community capacity building
  • Technical capacity building
  • Awareness raising
  • Energy finance
  • Sustainable land management
  • Alternative energy sources

Social inclusion

  • Local community/CSOs
  • Smallholder farmers
  • Private sector

Gender equality

  • Women decision making
  • Livelihoods for women
  • Awareness raising (on gender)

Gender result effectiveness scale

  • Gender responsive


  • Sci-tech pathway
  • Systems pathway
  • People pathway

Risk reduction target(s)

  • Improve resilience

SDG target(s)

  • 7.2 Increase share of global renewable energy
  • 7.1 Ensure universal access to sustainable, reliable energy
  • 15.a Mobilize resources for biodiversity conservation, sustainable use

Conventions and protocols


Private sector(s)

  • Capital providers
  • Small and medium-sized enterprises

Hot topic

  • Multi-stakeholder collaboration
  • Nature-based solution

About this project


The objective of this project is to promote electricity generation through gasification of waste agricultural residues (biomass) to supply both the main grid and isolated mini-grids. It will also promote an integrated approach towards fostering sustainable land management that balances environmental management with energy and development needs. It will do so by leveraging significant private sector investment over its five-year implementation period to initially pilot 4 biomass gasifier installations having a total installed capacity of 4 MW. Over the project period, the 4 pilots scheduled for implementation will generate a total of 76,651 MWh of electricity. Moving forward, these 4 pilots will have an annual generation of 24,498 MWh that would be sustained over an expected 15-year projected life of the gasifiers, resulting in the cumulative avoidance of 329,981 tCO2. When activities related to sustainable forest and land management are factored in, a total of 1,094,253 tCO2 will be avoided over the 15-year gasifier lifetime, translating into a unit abatement cost of $ 3.50 of GEF funds per tCO2 reduced.


Introduire une approche fondée sur l"intégration des écosystèmes d"énergie à la production de biomasse-électricité durable dans le pays.

USD $3,972,602

Grant amount

USD $25,750,000

Leveraged amount (co-financing)


Source(s) of fund

Sources of fund


  • Global Environment Facility – Trust Fund ($3,972,602)

Implementing partner(s)

  • Government of Benin

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