Despite its high solar energy potential, Afghanistan still relies on traditional solid fuels and much can be done to change that. This is why, after successful collaborations with the Kabul Municipality in the past, we are going to continue working with local authorities to go even further in the energy transition.
The new Green Homes Project, which is supported by the European Union through the SWITCH Asia 2 Program, will be implemented in 15 districts of Kabul. It aims to contribute to the Afghanistan National Development Strategy's main pillars, particularly on poverty reduction through a private-sector, market-led approach. The project seeks to tackle the lack of access to finance for green consumption, to strengthen the emerging energy saving solutions value chain and engage networks of stakeholders.
On November 5th this year, a press conference was organized by the Municipality to officialize the signing of partnership agreements between GERES, the Kabul Municipality and UN-Habitat. More than 20 media representatives were invited and some stakeholders were present during this conference. The event was broadly reported on the radio, on the web and TV channels, both at national and international levels.
The use of biomass fuel and pollution are very important issues to solve for the people living in Kabul and organizations working in this field, therefore the project was deeply appreciated both by the government and the media.
The conference was concluded with questions from the media about the partnership. The deputy mayor, the UN-Habitat representative and the country director of GERES Afghanistan, Mohammad Hasnain, were there to answer these questions and successfully close the event.