Forecasting and Policy Analysis of Woodfuels Use in Ghana

October 10, 2002 - 12:00pm
Bldg. 90

In Ghana, woodfuels constitute about 66 percent of all the energy consumed in the country, with petroleum fuels and electricity contributing 20 percent and 14 percent, respectively. The household sector is the largest consumer of woodfuels. However, unlike the commercial fuels (petroleum fuels and electricity), it has not been possible to compile historical data on consumption of woodfuels, and no reliable forecasting technique exists to enhance a consideration of this resource in energy planning that is commensurate with its importance in Ghana's energy sector. A spreadsheet has been developed, which can be used to forecast the demand of woodfuels for cooking in the household sector in Ghana. This paper discusses the model, and highlights on its methodology and application as a useful tool for policy analysis on woodfuels in Ghana.   Mr Ben Hagan, a Principal Research Scientist at the Building and Road Research Institute in Ghana, has been engaged in research and development work, as well as consultancies on biomass resources and technology for over 15 years. He is a chemical engineer and is a co-author of a book entitled ”Biomass Conversion and Technology”. He is the Editor-in Chief of EnergyAfriKa, an electronic newsletter of the Knowledge Network for Sustainable Energy in Africa. Mr Hagan holds a BSc. degree in Chemical Technology from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi Ghana, and a MSc. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Aston, Birmingham, United Kingdom. He has also submitted a thesis for a PhD at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi Ghana on "Forecasting the Woodfuels Demand of the Households Sector in Ghana".   For more information about this seminar, please contact: JoAnne Lambert 510.486.4835, or send e-mail to

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