Comparative study of 4 Subsaharan countries

Moving forward with wood energy governance

Cameroon, the D.R. Congo, Madagascar and Senegal share the concern of shrinking forest resources alongside rising wood energy consumption. Precautionary policies have been put on track, as a reaction. These pertain, among others, to frameworks for land allocation, regulatory taxation and organisational support for forest user groups. For German Development Cooperation, ECO Consult has reviewed national experts' on-site accounts to present a systematic analysis of remaining bottlenecks on the way to formalize the wood energy sector. (PDF,  9.3 MB)


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For over 20 years, ECO has been among Germany's leading international consultants for socio-ecological programme advice in official development assistance. Clients such as national and international financing agencies, NGOs and private business call on us in their efforts to promote sustainable livelihoods and combat poverty. To them, we offer specialized and integrated services.


Year-long solid biomass advocacy honoured

Prize for energy policy paper

A paper co-authored by ECO Consult’s managing director Dr. Steve Sepp has now been awarded the prestigious Amulya K.N. Reddy Prize by the International Energy Initiative (IEI). The publication, drawing on years of hands-on experience and applied research, pleads a very strong case for sustainably produced and climate-friendly wood energy as a core pillar in the future energy mix of sub-Saharan African countries. Written in 2012, it pioneered, as it were, a trend that is now finally gaining more attention in the international development policy community. Matthew Owen, Robert van der Plas, Steve Sepp: “Can there be energy policy in Sub-Saharan Africa without biomass?” – Energy for Sustainable Development 17 (2) (April 2013), pp. 146-52.