IJSRP, Volume 7, Issue 11, November 2017 Edition [ISSN 2250-3153]
Janet WangariKariuki, and Dr. Jane Mutinda
Wood energy is a renewable form of energy if sustainably utilized. In Africa, Kenya included, the dependence on natural regeneration compounded with increased use due to population pressure and wood fuel depletion is a major concern in the region. This led to the introduction of the firewood conservation stove to reduce consumption of firewood which is the man insource of domestic energy in Kenya. Although the intervention is in place, sustainable wood energy has not yet been achieved. Therefore there is need to assess the contribution of the intervention measure in enhancing sustainable wood energy use The main objective of the study was to assess the contribution of the firewood conservation stove in sustainable use of wood fuel energy in Embu north Sub County, Embu County, Kenya. The specific objectives are; to assess the level of awareness on the stove in Embu North Sub County, Evaluate how the cost of the stove influenced its impact in sustainable use of woodfuel, finally to assess the level of utilization of the stove and the effect of this to sustainable wood fuel use in the study area. Criterion sampling was used for this study, where 105 house hold were sampled half of whom had the stove and the other did not.The study used survey design where questionnaires, interview schedule, focus group discussion and observation was used in data collection. The study was concluded that firewood stove had great potential in bring wood energy sustainability but was not being utilized due to the faults in design as well as level of awareness. The study recommended that emphasis be put to create awareness of wood fuel conservation stove and community participation designing of the stove to make it user friendly.