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The effects of Rwanda’s biogas program on energy expenditure and fuel use

The effects of Rwanda’s biogas program on energy expenditure and fuel use

Bedi, Arjun S., Pellegrini, Lorenzo and Tasciotti, Luca ORCID: 0000-0003-2561-5530 (2014) The effects of Rwanda’s biogas program on energy expenditure and fuel use. World Development, 67. pp. 461-474. ISSN 0305-750X (doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2014.11.008)

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Abstract

Dependence on biomass to meet domestic energy needs raises several socio-environmental concerns. In contrast, cattle manure, which may be used to generate biogas, is considered a cleaner and cheaper energy source. Despite several initiatives toyears of education promote biogas, systematic analyses of its effects are limited. This paper uses data from Rwanda to examine the effects of participating in a biogas program on energy-related expenditures and consumption of traditional fuels. We find evidence of substantial reductions in firewood use and large savings. However, the attractiveness of the program is hampered by a long payback period and low rates of return.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: energy policy, renewable energy, biogas, Rwanda
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Department of International Business & Economics
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2020 06:46
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
Selected for REF2021: REF 1
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/26922

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