Bioenergy for Sustainable Rural Development

Project Summary

The primary objective of the proposed project is to advance the use of renewable biomass as an energy resource, for the purpose of promoting sustainable rural development in Egypt and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions resulting from conventional energy resources. The biomass options that will be advanced under this project include: Anaerobic biomass digestors for dung, household sewage, and related high-moisture feedstocks; anaerobic biomass digestors for leafy feedstocks including agricultural residues, biomass densification (briquetting, pelletization) for rural enterprise and household applications; eficient biomass stoves, furnaces and dryers for rural enterprise, and household applications; and biomass gasification for production of fuel gas for process heat, shaft power, pumping and electricity.

Project Details

GEF Project ID
Project Type
Full-size Project
Project Approved
Focal Areas
Funding Source
GEF Trust Fund
Implementing Agencies
United Nations Development Programme
Executing Agencies
Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency, Operational Unit for Development Assistance; UNDP (Cairo)
GEF Period:
GEF - 3
Approval Fiscal Year:


Project Preparation Grant Amount
344,150 USD
GEF Project Grant
3,000,000 USD
Co-financing Total
12,390,000 USD
GEF Agency Fees
300,974 USD
Total Cost 15,734,150.00 USD

Project Timeline

Received by GEF
29 Jun 2001
Preparation Grant Approved
18 Jun 2003
Concept Approved
02 Aug 2006
Project Approved for Implementation
14 Jul 2008
Project closed
29 Nov 2013