Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, Ghana’s Energy Minister, has underlined the country’s steadfast commitment to promote clean cooking, which is a key component of its 2030 strategy to have 50% of its people have access to liquefied petroleum gas (LPG)
On November 10th, Dr. Prempeh delivered a speech at a clean fuels solutions for cooking event hosted by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as a part of the 2nd Middle East Green Initiative, which is taking place concurrently with COP 27 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.
His Royal Highness Mohammed Bin Salman, the Saudi Arabian Crown Prince, served as the event’s patron.
At COP27, Ghana’s Energy Minister reaffirms the country’s commitment to clean cooking.
According to the Minister, Ghana’s plan for clean cooking entails increasing the productivity of the manufacture of cooking fuels, their delivery to markets, their value addition, and the promotion of effective end-user technologies.
According to him, Ghana would use less than 30% of firewood and charcoal for cooking by the year 2030, reducing our nation’s overall carbon footprint.
He continued by saying that the nation will also supply LPG for commercial catering, particularly in schools and other government facilities, and that access to LPG for domestic usage would rise from 36.9% to 50% by 2021.
The Minister, who represents Manhyia South in parliament, stated that as the demand for clean cooking options rises, it is important to focus on the effective use of the natural resources needed for the clean cooking ecosystem.
At COP27, Ghana’s Energy Minister reaffirms his country’s unwavering support for clean cooking. “We need good coordination and transparent accounting mechanisms to harness the tremendous carbon financing opportunities and spur investment in the clean cooking industry,” he added.
According to the Minister, it is critical to deliver clean cooking interventions closer to markets because to the current disruption in the global supply chain caused by COVID-19 and other geopolitical difficulties. Therefore, he urged the need to build local capability along the entire value chain to support the industry’s explosive expansion on a global scale.
“Through a number of technical collaborations, such as the GIZ-TVET and the Senior High Schools Renewable Energy Challenge, Ghana is strengthening its capacity. These initiatives have sparked interest in R&D and innovation in renewable energy and clean cooking solutions for the Ghanaian market and beyond. Ghana is creating the National Clean Cooking Strategy and Investment Prospectus with assistance from the World Bank to provide the framework for the promotion and development of the industry”, he said.
He continued “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.
Under this scheme, the government would provide roughly 2 million LPG stoves and build LPG cooking systems in large-scale cooking institutions. Ghana will be able to meet the aforementioned goals with the help of these initiatives, which will complement the cylinder recirculation model.
Dr. Prempeh stated that Ghana is open to partnerships and collaborations to expand its national LPG promotion and improved cookstove promotion programs.
Several dignitaries from the African continent attended this event, including 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 many others.