The Rural Energy Supply and Utilisation Programme (RESUP) aims to accelerate the development and delivery of vital modern energy services in rural areas to enhance livelihoods, reduce poverty and preserve the environment. The programme also seeks to promote alternative bio-energy feedstock and improved conversion technologies. RESUP is also championing the development of the biofuel industry in Ghana in a manner that protects as well as makes rural folks informed and influential participants.
- To reduce the over-reliance of 96% rural households in Ghana on woodfuels (firewood and charcoal) to meet their cooking, heating and lighting needs;
- To promote efficient alternative sources of energy such as solar and bio-fuels thereby reducing the unsustainable exploitation and production of woodfuels using inefficient conversion technologies.
- Demand for woodfuel in Ghana has been projected to outstrip supply in the near future. The technologies used to burn woodfuel are very basic and inefficient, and the combustion of firewood in poorly ventilated rural kitchens produces hazardous smoke harmful to human beings. Furthermore, overharvesting of woodfuel resources is causing deforestation, estimated at an annual rate of 3%, which is a major environmental concern in Ghana.
How we do it
- Establish the existence of indigenous energy resources including bio-energy feedstock in viable quantities;
Identify and promote technological options for rural energy delivery;
- Promote sustainable production of biomass through establishment of communal and private woodlots;
- Promote the adoption and acquisition of efficient production equipment and end-use devices among energy suppliers and households;
- Champion the development of sustainable and equitable bioenergy industry in Ghana by advocating the enactment of relevant policy and regulatory frameworks.
Expected Outcomes and Outputs
- Contribution to achievement of minimum energy targets required to meet the MDGs.
- Reduce the dependence on woodfuels for domestic activities in rural areas
- Introduce beneficiaries to alternative cleaner energy sources
- Local households
- Existing and new indigenous businesses
- Financial institutions
- Ministries, Departments and Agencies
- District Assemblies
- Traditional Authorities
- Existing and new energy entrepreneurs
- Financial Institutions, especially MFIs
- NGOs and CBOs
- Development Partners and Foundations