LPG demand in Africa has continued to grow each year as the fuel plays an increasingly important role in the cooking sector, not only in the more mature North African region but also across East, West and Southern Africa.
Growth has been particularly strong in Nigeria, which is now consuming around 1 million tonnes per year, with government and industry plans to increase this figure substantially in the coming years. In East and southern Africa, new or potential upcoming storage and terminal projects are likely to push consumption up across the region well into the next decade.
About 4 million people - many of them women and children - die every year from indoor air pollution mostly caused by burning smoky fuels including wood, kerosene, dung and charcoal.
Dirty cooking causes respiratory and skin ailments, among other health problems, exacting what Hamayun called a “crazy human cost”
The world will need $156 billion yearly to transit Nigeria and other countries to clean cooking sources for a 2030 deadline to be realized.
With environmental and health dangers, the African Refiners and Distribution Association (ARDA) and other experts had warned of imminent danger if Africa fails to quickly adopt modern clean cooking energy as over 600,000 Africans, especially Nigerians may die yearly, due to household air pollution like firewood and charcoal.
This study considers the role that LPG could play in this respect and the potential impact increased uptake of LPG could have on global climate gas emissions, forest loss, and for households currently using traditional biomass for cooking. It considers the enabling factors to promote the transition and takes a special look at the conditions for LPG uptake in The DRC, Ethiopia, Ghana and Tanzania.
In urban Malawi, 9 out of 10 households rely on firewood and charcoal for cooking, exacerbating pressures on Malawi’s already dwindling forests. Despite banning the production, transport, and sale of unsustainably sourced charcoal, illegal trade is prominent across the country.
A market leader for Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) distribution in Tanzania, Oryx Gas Tanzania Limited is planning to make major investments in Tanzania to support government efforts in promoting the use of LPG as a clean and environmentally friendly fuel for cooking and for commercial/industrial activities.
A new study, published in Environmental Health Perspectives, has found that clean cooking with liquified petroleum gas (LPG) could avert 28,000 premature deaths and reduce global temperatures through successful implementation of a new national household energy strategy in Cameroon.
Indoor air pollution is so damaging to health that in 2004 the World Health Organization labeled it the “Killer in the Kitchen.” Globally, it causes more than 4 million premature deaths every year - 50% of which are children under the age of 5.
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