The SEED Awards for Entrepreneurship in Sustainable Development is an annual awards scheme designed to find the most promising, innovative and locally-led start-up eco-inclusive enterprises in countries with developing and emerging economies. The independent SEED International Jury of experts selects enterprises which have the potential to make real improvements in poverty eradication and environmental sustainability while contributing to a greener economy.
Appropriate Energy Saving Technologies works closely with local farmers in Uganda’s Teso District to provide households in the district with clean, sustainable cooking fuel. The farmers provide the enterprise with bio-waste which is used to manufacture the biomass briquettes. The enterprise then sells and distributes biomass charcoal briquettes and fuel-efficient cook stoves to local community groups.
Appropriate Energy Saving Technologies LTD (AEST) utilities local resources like agricultural bio-waste to manufacture charcoal briquettes. It markets its products in combination with fuel-efficient cook stoves, modified by the enterprise for household use. Local women and youth are employed to help produce, market and sell the goods.
AEST hopes to transition to a more decentralized production model by contracting farmers to supply biochar which will be processed further by the enterprise to ensure briquette quality.
Increasing community access to sustainable energy and improved cooking solutions has multiple benefits. Socially, the enterprise is helping to reduce illnesses related to smoke inhalation. It is also providing an alternative solution to women and children walking long distances to find fuel.