• The aim of this project was to develop the market for a household energy product in a West African country, replacing the use of burning forest biomass and its derivatives. Market development relied to a large extent on creating the conditions for the elimination of barriers to entry affecting consumers.
  • The project was submitted to the European Union and the application was approved.
  • The implementation of the project was a joint effort by the European Union, – as the funding provider, – the government of the country, – in particular the Ministers for Finance, the Environment and Home Affairs, – and a Portuguese NGO, – responsible for promotional activities among the population. An international procurement process was established following European Union’s procurement rules, tax benefits for consumers and imported goods were negotiated, institutional marketing campaigns and direct actions among the population were planned and executed, the supply chain was reorganised and training was provided to its agents.
  • After 36 months, the result was a triple win: the base market now covers 20% more of the country’s population, enabling sustained sales growth of more than 50%. The size of the informal economy has been reduced and the Government has increased its tax revenues. The population now has access to cleaner and more efficient energy at a cost equivalent to what was paid before.

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The controller of the data processing is TOWS & TOOLS – Business Consulting, Lda, with address in Campo Pequeno, 2 – 7.º C, 1000-078 Lisboa, Portugal, telephone + (351) 911 021 705 and email

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The recipient of the personal data collected is TOWS & TOOLS, and there will be no transfer of such data outside the scope of responsibility of the controller.

The personal data will be stored for the period of time strictly necessary to follow up on your message, and subsequent contacts, after which, if no commercial relationship is established, it will be erased.

You have the right to request from TOWS & TOOLS access to your personal data and to lodge a complaint with the supervisory authority, the Comissão Nacional de Proteção de Dados.

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