Bioenergy Policy in Cote D’ivolre

Bioenergy Policy in Cote D’ivolre
DIOMANDE, Younoussa
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KDI School of Public Policy and Management
BIOENERGY POLICY IN COTE D’IVOIRE By DIOMANDE, Younoussa The three keys words of this paper are “Bioenergy”, “Policy”, and “Cote d’Ivoire” since they determine its understanding. “Bioenergy” reminds the global need to reduce dependence on conventional energies, mostly produced from fossil sources, in order to tackle global warming, environmental degradation, difficult access to clean energy, etc. “Policy”, in this context, refers to behavior change at individual, collective, state, regional, and international levels so that the world energy production and consumption patterns could improve. “Cote d’Ivoire” is a Sub-Saharan African country where bioenergy has great growth potential due to its international fame regarding agriculture. In sum, “Bioenergy Policy in Cote d’Ivoire” points out how the Ivorian government faces the global trend towards alternative energies, and specifically bioenergy. The paper discusses the country ‘s energy situation and policies before showing in which ways promoting energy from agricultural waste and other resources can improve the situation while adding economic value to activities and creating job opportunities. Accordingly, a quick look is taken at experiences from other countries where governments implemented a strong Public-Private Partnership (PPP) in order to achieve energy targets. Inversely, the paper also emphasizes not only the likelihood of generating food insecurity and other risks when developing bioenergy projects worldwide, but also the weaknesses of Cote d’Ivoire for such projects. Therefore, I made recommendations for each weakness with the purpose of motivating the government to adopt and preserve adequate energy policies.
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