Ghana - Technical assistance to the Ghana Energy Commission to develop a dedicated programme to establish institutional biogas systems in schools, hospitals and prisons

Context: 

The Ghana Energy Commission (hereafter GEC) is the technical regulator of Ghana’s electricity, natural gas and renewable energy industries, and the advisor to Government on energy matters. The GEC has formulated a number of strategic projects to transform the Ghana energy sector.

One of these projects is to improve access to modern energy for productive uses by promoting the use of institutional biogas systems for cooking/heating in 200 public institutions (boarding schools, hospitals and prisons). The purpose is to bring the use of biogas as a low carbon energy source to a significant higher level in Ghana. Biogas technology is indeed a proven technology noted for improving sanitation, reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, generating clean energy, and producing fertilizer.

The setting-up of a thorough and workable programme to implement the 200 systems still needs to be done and funding for the implementation still needs to be secured.

The feasibility study is therefore being prepared to provide the GEC with expert advice on the design, installation and management of appropriate biogas technology systems for use in public institutions.

Objectives: 

In order to boost biogas use in Ghana the CSF should assist the GEC to conduct a feasibility study and develop, in a participative process, a ready-to-implement programme to establish institutional biogas systems in 200 boarding schools, hospitals and prisons, and to prepare for CDM application

Results: 

The mission was a success and the cost-benefit analysis showed that there is a high potential for financial, but also social, health and environmental benefits in the use of biogas systems instead of skeptic tanks. A draft programme for setting-up 200 systems in instutional buildings (prison, hospitals, schools) over 4 years was developped and submitted to the beneficiary.