The Ghana Alliance for Clean Cookstoves and Fuels (GHACCO) has noted with concern the nation-wide strike action declared by the Ghana LPG Operators Association (GLiPGOA) which takes effect from Monday May 21 2018.
GHACCO wish to recount the long path and hurdles that the country has had to travel and overcome over the
last 30 years, when LPG was being introduced and promoted as household cooking fuel in Ghana.
LPG is, and remains one of the cleanest fuels for in-door cooking in Ghana and it is also very effective for reduction of household air pollution (HAP) and the negative health consequences of HAP which has been found to account for an estimated 17,000 deaths in Ghana alone and around four million deaths globally, on annual basis.
Substantial efforts have been invested by all stakeholders over the years, in getting over 18.2 per cent of Ghanaian households across the country to adopt LPG for in-door cooking. It is the target of the Sector to step up LPG use to about 40 per cent of Ghanaian households by 2030. The immediate benefit of achieving this target is substantial reduction in levels of HAP and its associated ailments and deaths, especially among our women and children, which must not be ignored for any reason.
GHACCO is a strong stakeholder platform catalyzing a revolution and universal adoption of clean cookstoves and fuels in Ghana. The medium term goal of GHACCO is “to achieve the adoption of clean cookstoves and fuels in four million Ghanaian households aided by targeted distribution of five million clean cookstoves by 2020 and Universal adoption of clean cooking in Ghana by 2030. GHACCO believes that the adoption of clean cookstoves and fuels such as LPG for in-door cooking will significantly help save the lives of thousands of innocent women and children who suffer from heart and respiratory related ailments from the HAP and excessive heat generated from the use of traditional wood and charcoal stoves and biomass. The adoption of clean cookstoves and fuels will go further to mitigate the climate change and environmental effects of indiscriminate destruction of our forest for firewood and charcoal production, which contribute to the loss of about three per cent (3%) of our forest, annually. Investment into the development and deployment of clean cooking technologies and fuels also hold greater prospects for job
creation and income opportunities for the youth and women of this country.
GHACCO therefore, wish to passionately appeal to all stakeholders of the energy sector, especially the National Petroleum Authority (NPA), GLiPGOA, the Ministry of Energy, the Parliamentary Committee on Energy and the Cylinder Re-circulation Policy Implementation Committee to get back to the Drawing Board immediately, to amicably resolve the issues at stake in order to abate any distortions in the distribution of LPG in the country, for the benefit of the citizens of Ghana.