Around 107,626 hectares of forest in Burkina Faso is destroyed each year. Of this, 13,145,000 m2 of wood (or 9,201,500 tonnes) is used as fuel. This amounts to 16.8 million tonnes CO2e per year. Through the Forest Investment Program (FIP), the National REDD strategy aim is ‘improvement in the efficiency and sustainability of wood energy value chains and support to alternative carbon emission reducing livelihoods.’ It calls for ‘a comprehensive nationwide energy policy, including options for the development of alternative energy.’ Burkina Faso’s Biomass Energy NAMA realises this vision on a national scale, aiming at one of the main drivers of deforestation: biomass energy.
The main objective of the NAMA Support Project is to make biomass energy a commercially viable, renewable and low emission energy sector.
The sector accounts for 84 per cent of energy consumption in Burkina Faso. The NAMA Support Project has the potential to achieve 41 per cent of the national emission reduction target. The project focus is on a more rational and regulated use of biomass, private sector investment and new low emission technologies, which will transform the sector.