DAR ES SALAAM, 1 February 2018 – The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), in partnership with the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania, has launched a project entitled “Promoting Bio-Ethanol as a Clean Alternative Fuel for Cooking in Tanzania”.
Analysis shows that several countries in the Sub-Saharan Africa region, including Tanzania, have a high dependence on traditional biomass fuels for cooking, particularly fuelwood and charcoal. Across the world around three billion people lack access to clean cooking solutions and 85% of them live in just 20 countries, including Tanzania. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), typical cooking fires produce significant amounts of smoke and prolonged exposure is associated with respiratory infections, eye damage, and heart and lung diseases, which lead to approximately four million deaths globally every year. Thus, there is a high need for a clean alternative fuel for cooking in the country.
Funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), this five-year project is part of the Government’s efforts to curb increasing deforestation in the country and its effects on the environment and day-to-day life. The project will be implemented by UNIDO together with the Division of Environment of the Vice President’s Office and the Ministry of Energy.
During the project launch, UNIDO Representative Stephen Kargbo noted that through this project partnership, Tanzania can expect rapid growth of this industry in the coming years.
UNIDO Project Manager, Jossy Thomas stated that the project would utilize a market-enabling framework with the target of reaching 500,000 households over the five year period.
The guest of honour for the project launch event, Mugisha Kyamani, from the Division of Environment of the Vice President’s Office, said “Tanzanians depend largely on charcoal and fuelwood for cooking and this over-dependence is considered to be one of the main causes for the rapid deforestation that is happening in the country”. Kyamani mentioned the Government fully supports all initiatives aimed at promoting alternatives to charcoal and fuelwood in order to curb deforestation in the country and is ready to support the promotion of bioethanol as a clean alternate fuel for cooking in Tanzania.
Key players in the clean cooking sector such as, the Global Alliance for Clean CookStoves, met prior to the official launch with the European Union Delegation to Tanzania and a number of Government officials, including Amina Salum Ali, Minister for Trade Industries and Marketing of Zanzibar to discuss the project. The Minister stated that Zanzibar was fully behind the development of the project, particularly in light of the fact that the project’s pilot study had been completed in Zanzibar with positive results. She also noted that the Government of Zanzibar was taking steps to ensure that the region would have easy access to bioethanol fuel and cookstoves through the removal of certain duties and taxes, whilst requesting that Zanzibar be included as one of the target zones in the implementation of the large-scale roll-out strategy for bioethanol stoves.
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Jossy Thomas, Industrial Development Officer, UNIDO