Tanzania targets 90% clean energy
President Samia Suluhu Hassan of Tanzania on Tuesday announced a new comprehensive climate package, aiming to increase access to and use of clean energy by 80 to 90 percent over the next ten years.
The new codified state plan includes a 12-month grace period for all institutions serving more than 300 people to implement clean cooking energy solutions. This would have ramifications for hundreds of prisons, schools, and colleges that rely heavily on firewood as their primary source of energy.
Mr. Januari Makamba, the energy minister, was tasked with resolving the issue during the launch of a two-day clean cooking conference in Dar es Salaam.
The president then announced plans to form a strategic task force to review and recommend a national strategy for clean energy solutions. The plan, she claims, will help Tanzania increase clean energy coverage by 80 to 90 percent over the next decade.
She said, “We are here because of charcoal. It has become a problem leading to deforestation in several regions, most of which are sources of fresh water we consume in Dar es Salaam.”
She added, “We have been emphasizing on tree planting campaigns. I believe we have to change our attitude by planting fruit trees,” and noted that “this perhaps can be spared when people rush to cut trees.”
President Samia instructed the State Mining Corporation (STAMICO) to fast-track their charcoal production plan. She said its clean charcoal that needs to be produced in mass quantities.
The Special Task Force will be led by the Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa, according to President Samia. It will also include the ministry of Minerals, through STAMICO, Ministry of Community Development, Gender, Women and Special groups, Ministry of State in the President’s Office (PO-RALG) and private sectors.
Source: Energy Ghana