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7 June 2021

1,200 more homes in Afghanistan to benefit from energy solutions by 2022

In Kabul and Badakhshan region, Geres and its partners have launched a new project to equip 1,200 homes with energy-efficient installations. The goal is to limit wood consumption, promote better management of forest resources and create jobs in vulnerable communities.

90% of the population of Kabul, in Afghanistan, reportedly uses fossil fuels such as wood, charcoal, sawdust, and coal for heating, adding to air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.

Today, the capital is considered one of the most polluted cities in the world.

Fighting air pollution by promoting energy efficiency solutions

Initiated in November 2020 and scheduled to be conducted until April 2022, these new actions, carried out by Geres, the Afghan NGO Rural Movement Organisation (RMO) and in coordination with local authorities, are part of the continuity of the project to disseminate bioclimatic solutions for the inhabitants of Kabul (“Kabul Green Homes”).

Read also: Implementation of bioclimatic houses in Kabul

Thanks to this new project dedicated to energy efficiency, 180 craftsmen will benefit from training and direct employment. Geres intends to actively contribute to the deployment of energy saving solutions, particularly in urban areas, with two major ambitions: to reduce energy poverty while contributing to the mitigation and adaptation of climate change.

Climate Change Training Workshop in Badakshan Afghanistan

In early June, a first energy efficiency training workshop held in Badakhshan

Among the first significant steps, a first training workshop on climate change and the importance of energy efficiency was held on June 1-2, 2021 in Faizabad, a city of the Badakhshan region.

Supported by the German Cooperation (GIZ) and organized by Geres and RMO, the workshop lasted 2 days and brought together more than 40 people from government institutions, NGOs, Badakhshan University, Badakhshan Departments of Agriculture and Environment, and the Community Council.

Read also: Central highlands,energy saving solutions in rural Afghanistan

The program included general training on climate change in Afghanistan. Geres and the national NGO were able to address the following topics:

  • Greenhouse gases, their sources and impacts
  • Global and local impacts of climate change
  • Global and local climate projections
  • The vulnerability of the Afghan population to climate change
  • How to fight against climate change
Energy efficiency and climate change awareness training in Badakhshan Afghanistan

The second day was punctuated by teachings on the link between energy and environment with a focus on the benefits of energy efficiency and a training devoted to bioclimatic construction techniques, methodologies and examples of success, based on the “Kabul Green Homes” project already conducted by Geres.

Despite the difficult health context, our teams based in Afghanistan are very happy to have been able to hold this face-to-face event which was very well received.

Geres news in Afghanistan

1,200 more homes in Afghanistan to benefit from energy solutions by 2022

1,200 more homes in Afghanistan to benefit from energy solutions by 2022

In Kabul and Badakhshan region, Geres and its partners have launched a new project to equip 1,200 homes with energy-efficient ...

Geres organizes its first conference on energy poverty, climate change and air pollution in Afghanistan

Geres organizes its first conference on energy poverty, climate change and air pollution in Afghanistan

As part of our "Kabul Green Homes" program, Geres Afghanistan and the National Environmental Protection Agency (NEPA) have organized a ...

New awareness meeting organized by the Kabul Green Homes project team

New awareness meeting organized by the Kabul Green Homes project team

After a long break, due to COVID 19 pandemic and announced quarantine, the Kabul Green Homes Project team finally managed to organize a

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