Energy Minister reiterates Ghana’s commitment to clean cooking at COP27
Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, Ghana’s Energy Minister, has reaffirmed the country’s strong commitment to promoting clean cooking as part of its 2030 goal of having 50% of its population have access to liquefied petroleum gas (LPGS).
On November 10th at the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Clean Fuels Solutions for Cooking Event, which is part of the 2nd Middle East Green Initiative, which is taking place on the margins of COP 27 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt; His Royal Highness Mohammed Bin Salman, Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, presided over the event.
According to the Minister, Ghana’s clean cooking strategy is to improve the efficiency of cooking fuel production, transportation to markets, value addition, and promotion of efficient end-user technologies.
He mentioned that by the end of 2030, Ghana will reduce its use of firewood and charcoal for cooking to less than 30%, reducing our overall carbon footprint. The country will increase household LPG access to 50% by 2021, up from 36.9%, and provide LPG for commercial catering, particularly in schools and other government institutions.
The Minister, who is also a Member of Parliament for Manhyia South, explained that as the demand for clean cooking solutions grows, there is a need to focus on the efficient exploitation of the natural resources required for the clean cooking ecosystem.
He said, “We need effective coordination and transparent accounting systems to unlock the enormous carbon financing opportunities and drive investment into the clean cooking sector”
He indicated that the current disruption in the global supply chain caused by COVID-19 and other geopolitical challenges makes it critical to bring clean cooking interventions closer to markets. As a result, he emphasised the importance of building local capacity across the entire value chain to support the catalytic growth of the clean cooking industry globally.
He continued, “Ghana is building capacity through a number of technical cooperations including the GIZ-TVET, the Senior High Schools Renewable Energy Challenge which have triggered interest in research and development and innovation in renewable energy and clean cooking solutions for the Ghanaian market and beyond. With support from the World Bank, Ghana is developing the National Clean Cooking Strategy and Investment Prospectus to provide the framework for the promotion and development of the industry.
“Ghana with support from the World Bank successfully launched the result-based National LPG Promotion Programme on September 6th, 2022. The objective of the programme is to provide government interventions that would accelerate the switch from unclean fuels to LPG in a bid to achieve the goal of 50 per cent access by 2030. Government will distribute about 2million LPG stoves and install LPG cooking systems in institutions that cook on a large scale under this programme. These interventions complementing the Cylinder Recirculation Model will enable Ghana reach its targets aforementioned”
Dr. Prempeh indicated Ghana’s readiness for cooperations and partnerships to scale up Ghana’s National LPG Promotion and Improved Cookstoves Promotion Programmes.
Dignitaries at this function included Dr. Baomintsvotse Vahinals, Chief of Staff at the Office of the President of Madagascar; Ibrahim Yacoubou, Minister for Energy and Renewable Energy of Niger;E Sophie Gladima, Minister for Energy and Petroleum of Senegal and a host of other dignitaries on the African continent.
Source: Energy Ghana