Providing clean cooking solutions to energy-insecure communities
SEED Starter Team Clean Energy Kampala, Uganda

ADAPT+ is a green enterprise incorporated in 2013 to provide cooking energy solutions to the most energy-insecure communities in Uganda. The enterprise is employing a comprehensive recycling strategy to address climate change mitigation and adaptation, thereby improving the resilience and livelihood of populations in energy-insecure situations. Its products and services are categorized into Clean Cooking Energy Solutions; Clean Cooking Solutions Supply Chain Development; Training and Advisory Services; and the Energy-Agribusiness Nexus.

ADAPT+ collects bio-waste which is processed through a gasification plant to produce electricity which runs a briquette-making plant.  The by-product, biochar, is then used as a raw material to produce carbonized briquettes which are distributed within refugee settlements.  It is also introducing a locally -customised and -made ethanol stove as an alternative renewable energy to cater to the needs of refugees, who have a huge unfulfilled energy demand. ADAPT+ is using strategic partnerships, innovative value-chains and innovative pricing mechanisms in order to serve this latent market. 

Eco-Inclusive Impacts

Providing clean cooking solutions and generating income to empower marginalised communities.
  • Reducing deforestation by decreasing reliance on fossil fuels.
  • Reducing environmental pollution and carbon emissions by providing clean energy.
  • Reducing the unpaid labour of women and child labour by reducing household reliance on firewood collection. 
  • Improving sanitary conditions by recycling biowaste. 
  • Generating incomes, especially among youth and women, for 25 employees and 100 others in the value chain. 
  • Creating savings by providing affordable energy. 


This enterprise is supported through its partnerships with various stakeholders, ranging from national and international organisations, investors, research institutes, suppliers, governmental bodies, NGOs, other social and environmental enterprises and more.

Renewable Energy Business Incubator (REBI) incubated the business at its infancy in 2011 and 2012.  They helped the ADAPT+ develop the first business plan and product prototypes. 

Advancing Sustainable charcoal Enterprises at Scale (AScHES) is network that supports knowledge transfer. It has helped ADAPT+ in solving technological as well as business development challenges.

Sustech4Africa supports entrepreneurs by providing technical support and networking opportunities for forming strategic partnerships and connecting with investors. 

Energy4Impact has provided capacity development services to ADAPT+ through training, business development support, and technical support.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) helped ADAPT+ develop partnerships to provide biofuels and clean cook-stoves to refugees.

The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) supported ADAPT+ with product distribution to bottom-of-the-pyramid users in refugee settlments.

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Mr. David K. Nkwanga
Katende-Kasanje Road, Off Masaka Rd, Next to Nature Palace Botanic Garden.
P.O. Box 29455
Kampala, Uganda
Tel: +256772625963

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