Association GERES

Climate and Energy in West Africa (CEnAO)

Technical sheet

technical sheet


Location : West Africa


Period: 2011-2014


Technical partners
AMADER (Malian Domestic Energy and Rural Electrification Agency)
CNESOLER (National Solar and Renewable Energy Agency)
GIE PFA  (Groupement d’Intérêt Economique Projet Foyers Améliorés)
Planète Bois
Nexus – Carbon for Development


Financial partners
AFD (French Development Agency),
ADEME (French Environment and Energy Management Agency) and Nexus - Carbon for Development
Prince Albert II de Monaco Foundation
Lord Michelham of Hellingly Foundation


Entrepreneurs producing PFA improved cookstoves and renewable fuels
Artisans supplying the sector (potters, blacksmiths, etc.)
Women distributing Sewa stoves; and African household


Project description

project description


Biomass is the leading domestic energy source in West Africa (80% in Mali). This sub-Saharan region is also amongst the most vulnerable to the impact of climate change.


GERES is attempting to develop an innovative approach aimed at using carbon finance to ensure widespread dissemination of clean technologies and maximizing the social, economic and environmental impacts.


2010 saw the launch of the CEnAO project (Climate and Energy programme in West Africa), which has two components:

- professionalizing and developing the domestic energy sector (Sewa improved stoves and renewable fuels)
- Facilitating the scaling up of projects through carbon finance.


By giving the private sector a key role in its activities, GERES lays the foundations for sustainability of the project, which aims to play its part in combating climate change by fostering the development of resilient, low-carbon economies in West Africa.