Biomass still accounts for more than 90 % of the household consumption in Ethiopia. The inefficient use of energy conversion technologies, the increased use of inferior fuels such as dung and agri-residues, and the higher wood fuel prices have caused serious adverse consequences on health, environment, and economic development in the country. Kerosene prices have also tripled due to the high oil prices at the international market and the deflation of the Ethiopian currency.
Recently, there has been increased public awareness on the importance of the role of renewable energy towards the national energy balance and climate change mitigation. SNV work in the renewable energy sector focuses on support to the National Biogas Programme Ethiopia. This programme is part of the African Biogas Partnership Programme funded by the Netherlands Government and coordinated by SNV and HIVOS in six African Countries.