Promoting Sustainable Bio-Energy Production from Biomass

About the biomass project

A fuel efficient wood stove. Photo: Nick Molyneux/UNDP TL. A fuel efficient wood stove. Photo: Nick Molyneux/UNDP TL

Timor-Leste’s history has left behind a country with a high incidence of poverty, poor infrastructure network, low capacity and a large dependence on natural resources. About 75 percent of the rural population is without access to electricity. People living in rural areas usually rely on fuel-wood, batteries, a solar power system or small generator to service their energy needs. In addition, poor market structures and distribution networks of diesel and kerosene in rural and remote areas contribute to the rural poor paying high prices. (Lee versaun Tetum iha ne'e)

The biomass project focuses on removing the barriers to sustainable production and use of biomass resources in Timor-Leste while supporting the application of biomass energy technologies to boost local economic, environmental and social development. This in turn will assist in green house gas (GHG) mitigation.

Project goals

  • Strengthen the policies, legal and institutional framework allowing for deployment of biomass energy technologies and the growth of biomass energy businesses
  • Increase investments in bio-energy
  • Improve visibility of proven technologies as well as the availability of financial support for rural bio-energy production and associated low-carbon technology applications
  • Enhance capacities of policy makers, financial institutions, entrepreneurs, project developers, communities and end-users regarding the development of the local bio-energy technology market


Budget Donor
US$55,000 (preparation phase)
Global Environment Facility (GEF)
US$1.9 million (project funds)
Total budget: US$1.955 million

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