Green Schools in Uganda

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    Sector Energy
    Focus area Renewable energy (unspecified), Energy efficiency
    Type of action Strategy/Policy
    Scope National
    Stage Under development
    Submitted to UNFCCC registry No
    Start of initiative 2015
    Financing and support details
    Financing status Seeking financing
    Total cost
    (no data)
    Financing requested
    (no data)
    Financing received to-date
    (no data)
    Principal source of financing Not known
    Principal type of financing Loan
    Capacity building required Yes
    Technology transfer required Yes
    Additional information
    Proponent(s) Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development (MEMD)
    International funder(s) UK and Germany
    Organization providing technical support UNDP
    (no data)

    The objective of the NAMA is to provide sustainable energy solutions to boarding schools in the mainly off-grid rural areas with solar energy, efficient cook stoves, and biogas technologies.

    Activities: (2017 - 2027)
    As with many countries in Africa, one of Uganda’s primary development goals is that of facilitating access to sustainable energy. Indeed, with only 15 percent of the population enjoying access to energy in 2014, Uganda has one of the lowest electrification rates on the continent. The educational sector in rural areas is particularly affected where study times are limited to day light hours due to a lack of access to electricity. In addition, school fires related to the use of kerosene for lightning and health issues resulting from smoke from open fire cooking pose other serious concerns for the students.

    In this NAMA, electricity generated through solar panels will be used for lighting, cooling, and use of audio-visual equipment, and will allow students in boarding schools to extend study times into the evenings. Biogas, on the other hand, will be used in efficient cook stoves. This will also reduce the pressure on surrounding forests by reducing deforestation and lower the exposure to open-fire smoke.

    The NAMA proposes to set up a revolving loan fund that the schools and private energy service companies, that will install the green technologies in the schools will access to. The schools are then to repay the loan through energy cost-savings they achieve, and funding from the Department of Education. The NAMA will be rolled out through various clusters schools to allow different sources of finance to be utilized.

    The ‘green school’ NAMA covers all types of schools and educational institutions in Uganda, translating to more than 18,000 primary schools, almost 3,000 secondary schools, and about 50 tertiary schools. The programme is expected to run until 2030.

    In addition to providing sustainable energy solutions, the activities proposed by this NAMA are designed to:

    • Create a financing vehicle for the planned large-scale rollout that is appropriate for the schools (Revolving Loan Fund), designing new business models for schools to pay back the PV installation costs, and tapping various external financing sources, such as international donors and crowd-funding);
    • Streamline the roles and responsibilities of public and private sector stakeholders, enhancing market involvement in implementation and strengthening overall steering by the Government, thus enabling transformational and sustainable change in the education sector.
    • Complement the technologies with capacity-building and awareness trainings for companies and a Life Skills Programme for youth and local communities

    The United Kingdom and Germany have pre-selected 7 NAMA Support Projects, including this NAMA in Uganda, from the NAMA Facility’s 4th Call. These projects will receive funding by Germany and the UK of up to € 60 million to prepare their preparation development phase. Decisions on funding for implementation will be taken after the assessment of these proposals.

    Impact and MRV


    Cumulative GHG reductions: 1.878 MtCO2e
    Mitigative capacity:

    No information has been provided on mitigative capacity


    Social: * electricity access
    • education
    • improved health conditions
    Economic: Information has not been provided
    Environmental: Information has not been provided

    MRV Framework:
    No MRV plan has been defined


    The contribution of the NAMA Facility will help to transform the school sector by replacing inefficient cooking facilities with Institutional Improved Cook Stoves (IICS). 75% of the schools will be financed through support of the NAMA Facility, for the remaining schools the Government of Uganda will provide funding.