SOS Energie

Promoting production and use of biomass briquettes to counter the over-exploitation of forests
2010 SEED Award Winner Clean Energy Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

SOS Energie aims to establish a production and fabrication process of biomass briquettes and improved stoves to counter the overexploitation of forests and the massive use of charcoal and firewood. The initiative also includes training of households and craftsmen to use this environment-friendly energy source. The partnership combines the sustainable management of biomass waste and production of biomass briquettes, the use of energy efficient equipment and the education and awareness creation of the rural population to promote this renewable energy source. The model of SOS Energie is based on a decentralized strategy allowing rural communities to be integrated into the newly created market. 

Eco-Inclusive Impacts

SOS Energie creates jobs in the rural communities and raises awareness on alternative energy sources.
  • Creating new jobs in the rural areas and organising training of households and craftsmen – particularly youth and women - to use this renewable energy source.

  • Reducing the excessive use of charcoal and firewood, and educating the rural communities to use more environment-friendly energy.


  • Providing with more energy efficient and cheaper energy sources compared to the traditional products.
  • Supporting the rural communities to save money and see their economic situation improving.


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.

Steve Amodio: technical partner, consultant biomass briquette production.

Association APID-Burkina: communication partner, about global awareness activities peasant.

Charcoal Project International: marketing partner, concerning the promotion of activities at the national level, the international exchange and the exchange of expertise.

Legacy Found: Marketing Partner, regarding the promotion of activities.

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