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Published under: Stoltenberg's 2nd Government

Publisher Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Manual agricultural work in Tigrai, Ethiopia. Photo: Trond Viken, Ministry of Foreign Affairs 
Manual agricultural work in Tigrai, Ethiopia. Photo: Trond Viken, MFA, Oslo


In Ethiopia, where 23 % of the population has access to energy, Norway has entered into a five-year, NOK 500 million agreement to support efforts to increase access to sustainable energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in rural areas through the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency.  The cooperation will enable the installation of 9 million new and improved cookstoves by 2015, which will result in emissions reductions of 14 Mt CO2/year.

In 2011, Ethiopia launched a strategy for green growth, the Climate Resilient Green Economy Strategy (CRGE strategy), which outlines a goal of becoming a middle-income country by 2025 with no increase in emissions. Norway, together with the UK, announced that it would support the CRGE strategy within the areas of reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+), renewable energy and climate-smart agriculture. Norway pledged up to USD 60 million annually in results-based support within these three main areas.

Read more about additional Norwegian assistance to clean energy development here: Norad - Energy for Sustainable Development - Annual report 2012

Agreement period:

Total budget:
NOK 500 million

Relevant documents: 

Communique 8 December 2011: Support for CRGE 

Partnership agreement


<p><strong>Official name</strong>: Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia <br /><strong>Capital</strong>: Addis Ababa <br /><strong>Population</strong>: 93 877 025 (July 2013 estimate) <br /><strong>Access to electricity</strong> (% of population): 23 (5 in rural areas, 85 in urban areas) <br /><strong>Access to non-solid fuel</strong> (% of the population): &lt;5 (&lt;5 in rural areas, 27 in urban areas) <br /><strong>Rate of primary energy</strong> intensity improvement, CAGR (%) from 1990–2010: -1.36 <br /><strong>Share </strong>(%) of <strong>renewable energy</strong> (RE) in total final energy consumption (TFEC): 94.5</p><p><em>Source: SE4All Global Tracking Framework (2013), CIA The World Fact Book</em></p>
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